The doctor determined it was best for Nettie to remain in bed until the baby was born.
Understandably, Bertha refused to leave her friend's side during the following weeks. She cooked all the meals, did the laundry, and kept the home spotless. Mrs. Denton covered for her at the school. She was a teacher in Eau Claire before her children were born.
One afternoon, two weeks before Christmas, Bertha and Raymond found a beautiful white pine tree in the woods behind the house. They cut it for the living room for the holidays.
A few days later, Raymond gently wrapped Nettie in a blanket and carried her to the living room after dinner. The tree was aglow with candles and covered with small decorations made from bark, ribbons, and berries.
"It's the most beautiful tree I've ever seen," Nettie said. There were a dozen presents beneath the tree. "What in the world? Where did all these gifts come from?"
"Santa comes to Wisconsin, too, Mrs. Henson." Raymond brushed a strand of loose hair behind her ear.
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