Appalachia Christmas

Christmas Memories


Merry Christmas From The Blind Pig Gang 2011

“We had more snow back then than we have now. I remember one Christmas we had a big snow on the ground. We were just kids, and we just could not understand how Santa Claus was gonna come see us. We all wrote letters and put’em in the back window on the outside ledge with a rock on’em to hold’em down. Somebody got out there and made some big tracks coming up to the letters. They acted like they came up from the road. Whether it was Dad or D.J. our uncle, I don’t know, but somebody came and got our letters. We had an orange, a couple of nuts, and a big pillow of peppermint candy. We were happy because Santa Claus came to see us.”

-Susie Smith, Summer 1990 from the The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book.


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We didn’t have a big snow on the ground yesterday for Christmas, but we did have the tiniest skiff of snow on the porches and the cars. Not exactly a white Christmas, but I’ll take it!


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    betty stephenson
    December 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    when we were small for as long as i can remember we always got a bag of sweet oranges and nuts on the end of our bed when we woke up there they would be we wre so happy to get them

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    December 26, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I just had a skiff of snow too, (or ice cause it was still there when I got home yesterday.) I guess we’ll get another one Saturday or Sunday night.
    Hope Chitter and Chatter had a packed house the other night at the Winery. I told both my girls about the skit they put on the other day and Chitter singing “Jingle Bells”.
    I didn’t cook anything this year for Christmas, but my neighbor, James McLean brought me 2 plates of goodies. All his grandchildren were there and he was wore out. I took it home with me and ate both pieces of homeade pies, cherry and apple, and then I started on the other one. It had Ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, peas, and 3 rolls. He’s a good cook! …Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    December 26, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Remember my comment on Christmas Eve where I said them asterisks was snowflakes? I sent you six. I reckon that wudden enough. Next year I’ll sent more.
    Guess what I got for Christmas! A bad case of gout or whatever I have that the doctors call gout but gout medicine and cherry juice don’t help. I did manage to hobble out to my lettuce bed and get enough for my Christmas salad. It was good! Real good! I’m sending you a picture or two.

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    harry adams
    December 26, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Had Christmas at my daughter’s house for the first time. I guess it is time to pass the torch to the next generation. Had a good time but very different feeling.

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    Ron Stephens
    December 26, 2017 at 9:13 am

    No snow here, just cold. We had some nice days though and went exploring over at the old nuclear airplane place, up on the Chattahoochee River and to Don Carter State Park. Saw a lot of the running ground pine that I have always wanted to make a Christmas wreath out of but I left it alone. And we found some winter huckleberry for our grandson to try. He ate those tiny things one at a time.
    Sometimes when we start out I ask him, “Guess what we are going to make today.” He says, “What?” And I say, “Memories!” I do it in the hopes that he will learn early they are more important than things. He was parted from a great-grandmother this year. I recall my Grandpa as my earliest dated memories because he died when I was very small. Now of course I have that dilemma of oldsters of trying to pass on my memories. I fear a lot of them don’t stick.

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    December 26, 2017 at 9:02 am

    It seems like we did have more snow back then. We had enough flurries Sunday evening to create slick spots on our roads and that caused a lot of accidents. I’ll take the snow over this bitter cold weather any day.

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    Gayle Larson
    December 26, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I went out to walk the dog about 11:00 the night before and it was blowing and trying to snow. Just a few flakes. I was sure as the night went on it would get colder and when I woke up it would have snowed.
    Wishful thinking did not work this time.
    It was a lovely day with good friends and now we have all the leftovers to look forward to this week.
    In fact, I think I will have a turkey sandwich for breakfast.
    Love this time of the year.
    Would love to hear from you and your readers their New Years customs.
    We do pork , sour kraut and applesauce which is to bring good things for the new year.
    I assume that comes from my German background.
    Happy and Healthy New Year to all.

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    December 26, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Well I believe I got your snow AND my own yesterday! Please feel free to come pick up yours any time! 😉

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    Miss Cindy
    December 26, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Tip, it was a wonderful Christmas. It was every thing folks long for for Christmas. At your Mom’s house with most of the family, lots of good food, gifts for everyone, and great family fellowship!

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