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Holiday memories

November 4, 2010
By RENEE PRUSI Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - With the holiday season fast approaching, 94-year-old Fannie Ruuska how different the celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas were in the days of her youth.

"Dad always a butchered an animal (for Thanksgiving)," she said. "We kids were upset because it wasn't a turkey. We either had beef or venison."

She grew up as one of 12 siblings on a farm.

"For Christmas, there was a tree. We had candles on it that we would light," Fannie said. "But we couldn't burn them for very long.

"We didn't get presents," she said. "At school, one of the the boys told me that you have to hang up a stocking to get presents. So I nailed up one of my black stockings. But Santa didn't put anything in it. My brother Waino put a potato in it."

A bountiful Christmas, in Fannie's youth, was one in which the children each received an orange.

"It's very different from today," she said. "Kids get so much today."

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her e-mail address is



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