This morning I was awakened before daylight by Roland. He went straight to the tree and looked around. I asked him what he was doing and he said, “I just thought that maybe Santa Clause was able to reach us and left something.” I explained to him how difficult it was for Santa Clause to come, and he seemed satisfied with my explanation.

We spent a quiet Christmas Day – no shooting to be heard or planes flying. Perhaps the Japanese want us to spend a peaceful day – at least, it seems that way.

Two Filipino officers stopped by and they are now playing mahjong with Estrella. I rested most of the day and I am feeling better.

Christmas dinner consisted of two roasted chickens, spaghetti, papaya, pickles and newly harvested rice.

I hope and pray that next year at this time we shall have peace.

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