“Many legends and superstitions came to the mountains with our ancestors. One legend says that on Christmas Eve the animals talk. Bees in their hives are said to hum the melody of an ancient carol from dusk to dawn. The old people say they have heard the music of the bees and have seen cows kneel and speak. On this holy night, the plants will bloom as they did when Christ was born. Although covered with snow, underneath, the ground is covered with soft green vegetation.”
—Florence Cope Bush – “Dorie Woman of the Mountains”
I never heard any of the Christmas folklore shared by Bush when I was growing up in the mountains of NC. But I’ve done enough research to know the ones mentioned in the excerpt were common throughout the whole of the Appalachian mountains in days gone by.
Last night’s video: How to Cook a Deer or Venison Ham | One of Our favorite Deer Recipes from Appalachia.