Saturday 25th December 1915

Poperinghe. H. Communion 7.30 am at the ‘Fancies’ Hall. Mess about all the morning. Present of box of ‘Three Castle’ cigarettes and cigars from Capt. De Culighan, present from battalion at home, letter pad, handkerchief, cigarette lighter and card. Make seats to go round table. Dinner: Stew ‘Daily News’ plum pudding, cheese and pickles, chocolate. Letter writing all the afternoon. Christmas post arrives after tea, parcels from Mother, Mrs N. and Mrs Mitchelmore. Stop just before supper and lay out the table with crackers and candles and all the eatables, looks very nice. Menu: Sardines on thin bread and butter, spaghetti and tomato sauce, turkey, sausages and haricot beans, plum pudding, mince pies, apple jelly, biscuits cheese and pickles, champagne and citron, and Cpl. Spence gives a box of cigars. Play cards ‘till 1.30. Rum issue before turning in.

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