The 1879 journal account of pioneer David Henry Leonard states that men were sent for relief supplies and Christmas trinkets for the children. Because of deep snow and the distance to Manti, it was feared that the men would not make it back in time for Christmas. David refers to these three men as what?
a. Christmas angels
b. Santa Clauses
c. The Three Wise Men
d. Christmas heroes
Within the short space of a few years the city’s population had increased to thousands. One Christmas celebration in 1855, a party at Brother Lorenzo Snow’s, was grandiose compared to a celebrations today. Of course, such affairs were unheard of in outlying areas. In the words of diarist Hosea Stout, “Great pains and care had been taken to procure and prepare the best the land could product or afford to have the best dinner and supper ever got up in the Territory which without doubt was the case.”
The table included three changes of dishes, with the first course oyster and oxtail soup. The second course included roast beef, bear, veal, mutton, chicken and turkey, plus rabbit, boiled and fricasseed chicken, fried steaks and turkey, and stewed lobsters. Potatoes, turnips, parsnips, slaw, fritters, and cabbage were served as vegetables.
Chronicles of Courage, comp. by Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1992), 3:178.