We were going to be at sea at Christmas so we had a small Christmas celebration before leaving Sagamahara. It was just one or two presents per person and all of us kids received clothing as gifts.
Before leaving Sagamahara I went to my school Christmas presentation. It was held the night before we were to leave and there was Christmas music and a play. I was very touched by the beautiful presentation of the song Oh Holy Night sung by the children's choir. It made me fall in love with that song and I've loved it ever since.
We headed to Yokahama, where we were to return to the U.S.A. on the General Daniel I Sultan, USAT.