Laura M., age 14, North Carolina
December 15, 1996

Got up and showered. Went to club with Wendy and Eric. Studied. Talked to Ashley, Sean :(, and Karen. Courtney and B.J. might break up. Hope not…

Laura M., age 13, North Carolina
December 15, 1995

Good day! School normal. I got invited to Greg Diamond’s party and went. I had fun! Me and Sean played b-ball. Then we kissed about seven times. Before tonight it was one time whenever we saw each other. We did it in front of everybody, too! (I didn’t mind, either.) Came home at 10:30 and watched part of “Groundhog Day.”

Marcy S., age 51, North Carolina
December 15, 1975

Lord Jesus, I believe it was You who woke me up at 3:15 this morning and put this burden on my heart for Uncle Walter and all the other dear friends and relatives I’ve been trying to write the annual Christmas news letter to. It’s become more and more of a chore the last few years — feeling I had to report on each member of the family. This is okay, I guess, and of interest but not the kind of news that will really bless anyone. This Christmas I want to somehow share the new life You have given me, precious Lord, because I want all these others to have it (You) too. I offer each one to You now as I write these cards and ask that You will prepare each heart to receive what You want to say through me. Oh, bring each one into Your Kingdom, Lord, for Your honor and glory. Amen.

Louisa P., age 70, North Carolina
December 15, 1920

Colder. Mud all gone. Downtown with M. Bank – coupons for Anna, etc., etc. – Called on the Lorreys – Janie came. Chicken $1.20 – eggs .70 doz – butter .60 lb – Wrote Xmas cards and did up small gifts. 4:30 last service of Mission very impressive.  *(Louisa Pitkin Diary #M2003.5.1, D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Henry S., age 25, Michigan
December 15, 1886

I have been gaining today, although I am pretty weak yet. The thermometer was 4 above this morning which was a great change from yesterday. I managed to go up and teach my class in Book-keeping tonight.  *(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

William B., age 19, P.O.W. in Virginia
December 15, 1864

Wrote yesterday Capt Nash AAAG a letter informing him that Dr. Smith went off owing me forty two dollars etc. Received a letter from a Mr. Wm Saml Johnson dated 11 just from Stratford Conn a relation offering me money etc. I replied. No important news from Sherman but papers state he has invested Savanah [sic] + intends to attack it. Weather moderate + about dark it snowed some.  *(William Hyslop Summer Burgwyn Private Collection, North Carolina State Archives)