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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Christmas Trees

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We put our Christmas tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. Every year I think our tree is the prettiest one we’ve ever had and as I gaze upon it I wonder why we don’t leave Christmas trees up year round? I guess that might take the special out of them.

When The Deer Hunter was a boy, him and Papaw Tony did leave their Christmas tree up year round. Well at least they left it decorated all year. They stored the decorated tree in the attic and pulled it out each year when Christmas arrived.

We put the big tree in the living room and I have a few small artificial trees that I put up throughout the house. Once the girls got older they wanted Christmas trees in their room(s) too. For a couple of years they went out on the bank behind the house and cut themselves a white pine for their room.

This year Chitter is using one of my small trees and Granny gave Chatter a small pink tree she’d had for ages but never used. Chatter wasn’t exactly ecstatic about using it, but knowing it would be an easy fix I encouraged her to at least put it up. Once she took it out of the box she decided it’d work just fine.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    December 11, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Your tree is beautiful! Are you going to post pictures of the girls’ trees, too? I’ve never seen a pink tree 🙂

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    Ron Stephens
    December 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    When the kids were young we hunted up a tree farm and made an expedition of going to find and cut our own tree. It was a little strange to me who grew up cutting trees in the wild on highway, railroad and powerline right-of-ways. But we were making memories and our daughter wants to start the same tradition with our grandson. We always seemed to find the ‘right’ tree in the beginning but we had to convince ourselves by looking at many more.
    Traveling back to Georgia from Tennessee on the Friday after Thanksgiving we saw quite a few pickups with one or more Christmas trees heading south. Guess their tree tradition included going to the mountains.

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    Ken Roper
    December 11, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    B. Ruth commented about last night’s great movie on NBC at 9:00. I watched it too and teared up from “Coat of Many Colors.” That was Jennifer Nettles who played little Dolly’s mama. I love her flat-style singing…Ken

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    John Faircloth
    December 11, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    It is a pleasure to gather around your tree with your family and the larger community of The Blind
    Pig. Peace

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    Sue Crane
    December 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    yes, the tree is lovely but I’m blown away by the fact that you have gifts wrapped already!!!

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    Doris Noland Parton
    December 11, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I love your tree!

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    BarbaraLunsford Davis
    December 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I love your site,I’m reliving my childhood “through your eyes”. Thank you for this site.

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    b. Ruth
    December 11, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I love your Christmas tree. I think one of those handmade big cone folk art angels would be pretty on top…It looks like you have something on the top…my screen won’t let me see up close…is it an angel.
    I love my angel…she is an old one but still works like a charm…She moves and she holds candlelight’s in her hands.
    We didn’t get a big tree up last year….just decorations sitting around and a small table tree. I hope this year to get a small live tree…I’m having a hard time thinking of it…right now…just trying to finish up some art and crafts.
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Did you get to watch “Coat of Many Colors” last night? It mostly followed the story of a part of Dolly’s childhood that I’ve heard through the years…I loved it…I remember when Dad told of the tobacco horn worms being so devastating to the tobacco crops on their farm and picking them off by the bucketful’s….ewwwww!

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    BarbaraLunsford Davis
    December 11, 2015 at 10:47 am

    My favorite part of Christmas,was the popcorn balls made with popcorn my Grandaddy grew and the local soghrum syrup.We always strung the popcorn for the tree,and ate a lot while stringing. Those were great times,that we all miss,in our family.We kept Grandma busy.

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    Ken Roper
    December 11, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I’d like to share a story about a rich man. He was the richest man in the world and all his wealth couldn’t cure him of his disease. The doctors said he probably wouldn’t live past 54 and his close friends convinced him he couldn’t take it with him, so he began to share his wealth all over the world. Shortly afterward, he began to heal and get better, and lived to the age of 94. This man was John D. Rockefeller…Ken

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    December 11, 2015 at 10:34 am

    So pretty and warm. Though I have never met you, Tipper, it just seems so you. I have opted for a smaller, less decorated tree the past few years. Putting it up is the great part, but taking it down became a chore. The family paid no attention, as they knew “The Old Gray Mare ain’t what she used to be. I must admit my small tree looks great.
    Any way you celebrate, Christmas is a holiday of warmth and love, and always good to reflect on Christmas past. I loved the picture you posted one year with your family trudging through the snow at Christmas. It reminded me of all the trudging we did in Christmas past. Now I just have to worry about getting the right amount of sage in my dressing. I have some joke boxes this year, and can’t wait for them to open.

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    Ken Roper
    December 11, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Your tree is Beautiful! I try to keep a festive attitude but things like that don’t mean so much to me anymore. I use to decorate 12 pines around my shop and run lights on a fence around my driveway. My neighbor has chickens and them boogers got tangled up in the wires and really made a mess. I felt like having chicken stew but didn’t…Ken

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    December 11, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Every year I plan to buy some of the big bulbs and cut my own tree to help bring back Christmas memories of my childhood. The artificial trees and miniature lights are pretty but it’s the cedar smell and big lights behind angel hair that I love the most. Your tree is beautiful!

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    Pamela Danner
    December 11, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Your tree is just beautiful! I love the old fashioned big color lights, that is what our daughter Amy and her husband always use. We have the little white lights. Both kinds are lovely. I can’t seem to get a good photo of our tree but I will try again. Love the story of when Deer Hunter was a kid they left the tree decorated and stored it that way. My husband wishes that every year when we have to decorate the tree, of course he only helps with the lights and leaves the rest up to me. He says that I want it a certain way and he will put something in the wrong place, I think he just doesn’t want to be bothered with it. He sure likes to look at it though!

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    December 11, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Such a beautiful tree and a great way to start my day! Maybe we can see the girls’ trees after they are decorated. I am thinking they are quite unique also. Thanks for sharing your tree! Merry Christmas!

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    December 11, 2015 at 8:22 am

    That is pretty.. We haven’t put up a tree in years.. to much with what all we have to deal with, just making it thru a day is Christmas to us..

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    Miss Cindy
    December 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Your tree is beautiful, Tip. It’s always beautiful and you have beautiful Christmas decorations all over the house. I think it’s so full of love and that’s why it always radiates so much.

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 11, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I love Christmas trees too. When we had a bigger house we always had two. one in the Living room for the presents and one in the family romm as this is where we were most of the time.

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    Darlene Debty Kimsey
    December 11, 2015 at 6:59 am

    That IS a pretty tree. Merry Christmas to all of you!

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