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Fifteen members of the Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter, DAR, met Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Windrow Restaurant in Creston for their annual Christmas luncheon. Regent Jane Briley gave the program on “A Colonial Christmas.”

At that time in history, Christmas was not widely celebrated and was concentrated mainly in the South. When it was celebrated, activities included visiting, church, dinner, dancing and decorating with evergreens. Children were not included until the 19th century with the influence of the Dutch and Germans.

Briley also shared some of the recipes used in colonial times. Very special desserts were prepared for the holidays, and perhaps the most special was Martha Washington’s “Christmas cake.”

Briley reported five hygiene kits were put together and sent to flood victims. Several members brought items for the Veterans’ Hospital Christmas project and others have given money for items to be purchased. Lynne Schlaht will finish shopping for this project and take the items Dec. 12 to the Veterans’ Hospital in Des Moines.

Members answered roll call by sharing a holiday memory. The DAR chapter will take a two-month break and will meet again Saturday, March 10, at Summit House in Creston. Pam Marvin will give the program on a World War I nurse. Roll call will be to name a WWI ancestor. Hostesses will be Briley, Judith Wachter and Suzanne Frost.

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