Jim and Starr Mitchell had a “very wonderful” Christmas here at Promontory. There were 20 people around their table. Starr cooked a turkey and served pies. Everyone brought something for the meal. Steven and Ashley Mitchell brought the birthday cake for Jesus this year. There were also two dogs present. “There was lots of good laughter and good conversation,” Starr says.
Laura Wheatley says she and Zane actually had three Christmases, one at home, one at Zane’s family, and one at Laura’s family. The family Christmases were held on Christmas Eve. As far as unwrapping presents it took the two little girls a while to “get the hang of things,” but then every available gift was supposed to be unwrapped by them only. All the grandparents really enjoyed the girls’ antics. The Wheatleys give out Christmas gifts to their Promontory neighbors. “We feel the community was very generous towards us,” Laura says.
Laura also reports thousands of geese both north and east of their home just really honking away.
Orson and Jeannette Poulsen spent Christmas Eve in Salt Lake City with all but two of her children and all of Jeannette’s grandchildren. “We had a fun time,” Orson says. The couple gave gifts of packaged meat to all the adults and toys for the tots. The meat was home-grown by Orson. Then Orson and Jeannette spent Christmas morning at home before going to church for a Christmas sacrament program.
Kaye Draper received a phone call from her brother Mick Hitchcock in Logan. He talked to Kaye while she was sick and wanted to hear how she was doing. Her brother-in-law Bill Bolton came and got Kaye on Christmas day after church to go to West Valley City to celebrate with all the family. This year they didn’t exchange gifts. They all decided that being together was the best gift! Kaye’s ward and another ward celebrated Christmas together. “It was very nice,” Kaye says. Kaye was very glad to see her niece Justine and daughter Alexus later on Christmas day.
Boyd Udy had all his children but Tyrell to Christmas dinner. “We just stayed around home and had a real nice Christmas,” he says. Boyd and Kris really enjoyed their seven grandchildren.
Clynn and Winnie Richman had 13 people around their dinner table on Christmas day. Winnie provided the food, but dinner couldn’t have been successful without all the help she received from sons Lyle and Aaron and daughter-in-law April. “It just went smoothly,” Winnie says.
There were enough leftovers for one more meal to share with Lyle when he came to fix the water trough on the mountain and chop ice in the water troughs at the barn.
Since this column will appear as the first of 2012’s news, Winnie would like to thank all who have contributed to it throughout the year.