Imagine spending Christmas in a lighthouse as a youngster! 

 

Faye Cleveland Power was one such child living in one of NS’s lost lighthouses –   McNabs Island Lighthouse Rear Range light used by incoming ships to line up safe passage into Halifax Harbour from 1903 to 1973.

Faye states that “Mom would have the tree decorated and made many crocheted snowflakes.  We had no electricity so there was no lights but with the coal and wood stoves going and the hot chocolate on the back of the stove, it sure was nice and cozy.  If it was snowing, we would sled or toboggan. “

 

 

 

 

 

Skating on Ives Pond was another enjoyable pastime.  Note the women do not have the advantage of the warmth of the men’s long pants but it doesn’t appear to stop them from participating in the fun.  Faye’s mother is the woman in the middle of the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was some drawbacks to being on an island and that was the lack of services.   No doubt it was a cold walk there and back for Faye and her sisters to the only convenience centre near the lighthouse.

 

 

A photo of Faye and her niece standing to the left at the back of the lighthouse.   Faye says her sister, Joan, and spouse, Doug, always came to the island for Christmas and she remembers in particular the Christmas when her brother, Reg, who was in the Canadian forces sent her a doll from Germany.   Expectations from Santa were obviously different then. 

 

Thanks to Faye for sharing these photos from her family album and thoughts about celebrating Christmas at a NS lighthouse in years gone by.

 

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020!

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