Christmas Sayings from Appalachia

As Slow as Christmas?

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Never in my life have I been accused of being slow, but I have heard the expression “slow as Christmas” my whole life.

I go at things like fighting fire doesn’t matter what it is I try to do it as quickly and as thoroughly as possible, but sometimes I choose quickly over thoroughly just so I can know the task is completed. I like crossing things off my list 🙂

The thing about Christmas is: it gets faster ever year! I swear as soon as we turn around it’ll be Christmas 2020 and we’ll be getting ready to ring in the new year of 2021. I’ve learned the older I get the faster time goes.


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    marshall reagan
    December 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm


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    Ed Ammons
    December 21, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Unlike most people I don’t believe time flies. In fact I don’t believe it exists at all. Time is an illusion God created for us to “live” through. A way for us to prove we can do better than He did. At the end we will have made the best we could of our lives and be stuck with what we are or we will have given up and accepted that we are nothing without Him. Those that denied Him will be stuck in a never ending day of their own creation. Those who accept Him will return to the fold they strayed from before their “life” began. A place where possible good thing has already been created and where no evil exists. The place where life really exists.
    Think I’m crazy? Just wait and see!

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    December 21, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    We had several families hurt and killed by tornados last week in Alabama, Christmas is gonna be a somber day for many. Just glad we have our family still here this Christmas, fast or slow is good for me.

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    Bill Burnett
    December 21, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    I concur, it seems every year passes faster than the prior. Time flies whether you’re having fun or not. I wish all a Very Merry Christmas and a safe and sober New Year1

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    December 21, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve heard slow as molasses in January, but not slow as Christmas.

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    betty stephenson
    December 21, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    the older i get the faster the time seems to go so your so right it only seems yesterday since last christmas for all is a beautiful time have a good one

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    December 21, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I heard “as slow as Christmas” some, but many used “as slow as 7 year itch.” Time sure is flying, especially this year. Maybe it is flying because we are all crossing stuff off of our list. I want to read at least one post where Tipper is relaxing and lazy 🙂 You need that, but I really do appreciate all the effort you put into bringing us all these Appalachian treasures each day. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    Kenneth Ryan
    December 21, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Your description of yourself in doing things quickly and thoroughly, but sometimes choosing quickly over thoroughly, describes me to a tee. Yes, time just seems to be flying by.

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    Don Byers
    December 21, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Christmas comes around slowern surp.

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    Ken Roper
    December 21, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Amen, The older one gets, the Faster it goes. …Ken

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    Dana Wall
    December 21, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Perhaps time seems to pass more rapidly as we age because with every new year piled onto us, a single passing year is a smaller and smaller percentage of our remembered time on Earth. Chuckle if you like, but maybe? …

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    Trent Wren
    December 21, 2019 at 10:37 am

    When we are 5 year old kids, the distance between this and the next Christmas is 1/5 of our life. That’s a huge percentage of our entire existence. By age 50, that distance between Christmases is 1/50 of our life, seemingly a blink of an eye. Conceivably, if you live long enough, every day would seem like Christmas.

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    Ron Stephens
    December 21, 2019 at 9:10 am

    My Dad warned me how it would be but I was too green to understand. He said time would go by faster and faster. And it has. There is a life mystery wrapped up in there somewhere. Why did time once seem to drag and now flies? If we knew that, we could slow time down. But it seems we wind up in a fluster and anxiety about chasing it and trying to pack as much in as we can while it is racing away.

    You all ever notice how many ‘time words’ we use even when we are talking or writing about eternity where there is no time? Even “Amazing Grace” has the words “ten thousand years. Each and all if those ‘slips’ just tell us how embedded in time we now are and how big a mental leap it is to imagine timelessness. It is also an example of how our language is a poor device for some ideas. But rather than be cast down, it is exciting to think of being free of time the robber.

    Merry Christmas to Granny, Tipper, Paul, Steve, Ben, Cheddar, Chitter and Chatter and all the BP&A readers and other family I missed. You all are the best.

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    December 21, 2019 at 9:03 am

    When I was growing up, the anticipation of bright lights, the smell of cedar, candy and a few gifts under the tree made time crawl from one Christmas to the next.
    I agree that as we get older time seems to go by faster and fighting that fire takes a little while longer.

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    harry adams
    December 21, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I read many years ago an explanation for this. maybe Einstein?
    For a newborn baby, day 2 is 50% as long as he has lived. Day 3 is 33% as long as he has lived and day 4 is 25%, etc. Now look at our years If we are 70, then a year is a really small amount of time compared to how long we have been alive. The years get shorter and shorter compared to time lived.
    The actual time is the same, but in our mind it goes by faster.
    Also how many of us were told as children not to wish our lives away when we wished Christmas would get here faster.

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    aw griff
    December 21, 2019 at 8:26 am

    When I was growing up I heard the adults say that the older they got the faster time went. I thought that can’t be. Well, it sure seems true now. Seems like I got married just a short time ago but it’s been 52 years past.

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 21, 2019 at 7:37 am

    I agree and we are a week short this year from Thanksgiving to Christmas which makes it even faster this year

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    December 21, 2019 at 6:50 am

    isn’t this the truth? wasn’t it just the end of summer?

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