Keith Jack diary, Dec 25, 1915, p63
The Ross Sea Party spend Christmas day sledging to set store depots:
“Xmas day and a Xmas day to be remembered indeed. Up as usual at 6am and on trek at 8.30am. Surface simply abominable all day sinking whole time well up to ankles and at times almost to knees. Going extremely heavy and slow. Even the sledges are sinking in deeper than previously seen. Halted for lunch at noon and at 1.00 were underway again. At lunch we had each a 1/3 mug of lemon juice in honour of the day and drank to the health of "Absent Friends" as we have not altogether forgotten those we left behind us, and much would we give to be there now! What a contrast though! Here in the midst of eternal snows in a waste and barren land - there in the midst of summer and doing everything possible to keep cool”
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