Posted by Adam Quinan on December 20, 2015 at 08:09:28 user Adam.
In Reply to: Re: WH for Christmas posted by Dave Thewlis on December 20, 2015 at 06:42:13:
English boarding schools tended to have longer holidays at Christmas and New Year, not going back until the end of the second week of January.
We know Susan's birthday is January 1st and yet there is no mention of it. I suspect that the children spent the Christmas and New Year with family or friends and then were sent off to the Lakes for a week or so before returning to school. Nancy's mumps extended that period into February allowing time for the Lake to freeze.
The other question is where did Nancy get her mumps from? And why only her? It was very lucky that none of the others caught it off her. I caught mumps by spending a few hours in the company of a non-symptomatic child. That extended my Christmas break by a couple of weeks when I was in my early 20s.
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