William Abram O’Kelly to his wife Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly
Monroe, Louisiana December 26th 1888 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana
We have not had a letter from you since Sunday we all hope you are doing well and that you spend a very good Christmas. As for us we did very well. Ma [Malinda Dull Van Emburgh] had a splendid dinner for us we had a splendid turkey with celery out of the garden, four or five kinds of cake mini pies and many other things. There was only one drawback to our enjoyment one “loved one” our darling was not there to witness or participate in our pleasure, but we all thought of her and wish that she could be there.
Santa Clause brought Jennie [Jane Calderwood O’Kelly] a breast pin, stove and doll chair. Sonny [James George O’Kelly] got a train of cars Noahs Ark and frog and plenty of fine works. Bootsy [Mary Catherine O’Kelly] got a Rocking Chair a china tea set a doll chair and a train set. The baby [William Abram O’Kelly Jr.] only got a squeaking cat. The children enjoyed themselves hugely. They made a regular day of it. We send you a small box by express to day all charges are paid. Aunt Bet & Fannie* send the things on the side with the fruit cake.
* “Aunt Bet & Fannie” are Georgiana’s aunt Elizabeth Dull and cousin Francis Beasley Parker.