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A Christmas to remember

Yes, it was nice to have a white Christmas this year.

All of us dream of past Christmases, and they were always nicer if it was white. I have such a memory. During World War II, I was in the Battle of the Bulge in Germany. It started on Dec. 16, and we were losing it. Let me tell you, in combat it is no fun to be losing!

And the weather was bad. It was cold and overcast. Temperature down to the high teens. We were not prepared for this. Each one of us had only one Army blanket. We could light no fires to keep warm. The ground was covered with snow. And there was the enemy all around us.

Then came Christmas. The sun came out. It was beautiful. The snow covered all the debris of war. The sky was filled with B-17s, and we started winning the war.

Yes, this was a White Christmas I will never forget.

Leo J. Thoennes, Federal Way

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