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December 25, 1941 – Thursday

At 12:30 a.m. I attended midnight mass in the hospital tunnel. The mass was said by an American Chaplain, and I received Holy Communion. After Mass the President asked us to be cheerful, and forget our worries, and reveal a real Christmas spirit. It was hard to do when my spirits were so low. Such a sudden separation had taken me by surprise and I had not yet recovered from the shock. What a sad Christmas away from my beloved ones and from my dear child. Well – such is life in the army – and in war.

At 1:30 a.m. I retired. Got up at 7 a.m. The day was dull and the inactivity was very boresome. Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m.