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LOVING COUPLE: Don and Enid Neumann celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve.
LOVING COUPLE: Don and Enid Neumann celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve. Tom Threadingham

FOR the past 60 years, Christmas Eve has been more than just about a visit from Santa and his reindeer for one Gatton couple.

Each year, as the region prepares to enter the peak of the festive season, Don and Enid Neumann reflect on a long and happy marriage.

The couple marked their 60th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve this year, after tying the knot in 1954 at the Church of Christ in Ma Ma Creek.

"I was in the air force and I hadn't long come back from Malaya in the middle of the year," Don said.

"So we had a long- distance courtship as I had been in Malaya for 12 months.

"I was headed for Adelaide so we decided to have the wedding before I went to Adelaide.

"It was also the fact my grandmother was married on Christmas Eve and my mother was supposed to be married on Christmas Eve too, but she put it off 'til the 27th."

Enid said 100 guests attended the wedding, with the reception held at the Ma Ma Creek hall.

"It was a rush for our families because they did a lot of the cooking and it was basically self-catered," she said.

With Don in the air force, the pair raised their five children, three boys and two girls, in a number of homes.

"We were all over the place. We moved to 17 different places after we got married," Don said.

"But we enjoyed our travelling around and you meet different people."

Reflecting on the past 60 years, the couple said there was no real "secret" to a long and happy marriage.

"We just give and take and each one does their best," Don said.

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