Holidays in Appalachia

Happy Thanksgiving – 2020

Thanksgiving pumpkin

Today as all of us are eating good food and fellowshipping one with another I’ll be thinking of all the things I have to be thankful for.

Blind Pig Readers are at the top of my thankful list so you’ll be one of the things I study on.

I am truly grateful for each of you who stop by for a daily dose of Appalachia. Your visits and comments make me more determined to continue my endeavor of celebrating and preserving the rich culture and heritage of Appalachia AND they enrich the very life I’m living each day.

I wish each of you a day full of blessings!!

Happy Thanksgiving from the whole Blind Pig Gang! And as Pap used to say “Don’t eat too much or you’ll bust your belly.”


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    SusieQ and Donnie Ray
    November 27, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    We had a lovely good eating day too…so glad Y’all had a lovely day…here in Kentucky there had been strict Covid-19 restrictions so family members have grouped together in smaller groups at different houses … hopefully only for this year.. yet we still have much to be thankful for….we’ve known a lot of people who did get the virus and yet have come through it with not too bad of symptoms …. we face-timed each other , texted pictures of what we were fixing and more silly stuff, some fixed plates for those still in quarantine….so, we are so thankful there has been recovering . I so agree with what you said Pap always said.”Don’t eat too much or you’ll bust your belly.”…haha…yet we did 🙂 we were so full we couldn’t eat dessert till supper, granted we didn’t eat breakfast. I am so appreciative of all you share Tipper ,on instagram, here, and on YouTube…it’s so interesting , informative,and encouraging many times… sitting with a friend and valuing the friendship even though from afar…. Also have been enriched by contributors post you have shared with us. It’s a real delight one I am thankful for .Happy Thanksgiving to all of you every single day God Bless. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ,I’m hoping for a big first snow. The weather is different this year warmer than usual by this time of year. We haven’t even scraped a good thick frost off the car windows yet.

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    Barbara Parker
    November 26, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    This Thanksgiving was another blessed event. All our immediate family came to be with us and we are thankful and grateful for all the blessings from Above. I pray that many prayers of thankfulness went up to our Heavenly Father and I hope everyone reflected on how blessed we are to live in America, and for the extra special gift of living in Appalachia, whether for many years or just a short while. Either way, it becomes part of you and you become part of it. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    Emily from Austin
    November 26, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Nothing more for me to say except “Ditto” to all the testaments of love and appreciation you are receiving today.
    Thank you for all you and your family are sharing with us.

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    November 26, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Everybody haven’t commented as much lately but I do love the BlindPig, I’ve said it before helped me thru some dark days to get my mind off things, thank the Good Lord saw use thru the other side on several occasions, Love yall Tipper, Girls and Deer Hunter for letting us share a bit of their Family with us, God Bless yall and everyone here on the Pig.

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    Ruth Binder
    November 26, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    A very Happy Thanksgiving to you, Tipper. We have so much for which to be thankful and the Blind Pig is one of my blessings. Stay well and stay happy.

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    November 26, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Tipper to all of you. You are a trus blessing to all of us I thank the good Lord for all he has given me this year.

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    Wanda Devers
    November 26, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Tipper, you and your family are truly a blessing! I always look forward to seeing yall on The Blind Pig–feels like home folks. I hope you and everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Love to all and stay safe!

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    Carolyn H.Anderson
    November 26, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Tipper and Family. We wish all your family Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you and your blog. You have touched so many people. We appreciate you. Thanks for everything.

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    Sheryl Paul
    November 26, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to the Entire Blind Pig gang

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    Garland Davis
    November 26, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from Hawaii!

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    November 26, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. May God bless each one of you. Even though I wasn’t raised or live in Appalachia I find I have a lot in common with the Appalachian way of life. I have lived my entire life in one of the most rural areas of Greenville county, SC (67years) and have been told I was born a hundred years too late. I enjoy reading each of the comments each day, as someone else said if we are keeping score I think I would come up on the short end of the stick.
    I would like to ask each one to pray for and remember the members of the blog that have lost a loved one this year. It can be very hard during this time of the year.

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    Gene Smith
    November 26, 2020 at 10:06 am

    I’m thankful for friend Jim Casada’s new book, A Smoky Mountain Boyhood, which he graciously inscribed and signed for me. It is an amazing body of work by a true son of the mountains and a gifted writer. I haven’t finished it, but, so far, every chapter has brought new delights. Thanks, Jim and Tipper, for making me aware of this gem through the Blind Pig & the Acorn.

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      November 26, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Gene, I also have a signed copy of Jim’s book. I have read about 10 chapters and these chapters pretty much describe my life. My world revolved around my Grandaddy Kirby. By the way, I was one of the humiliated church children he writes about. Anytime the church doors were open my family was in church and many times me and some others were humiliated. My claim to fame will be climbing out the Sunday School room’s windows in our old church building and playing in the cemetery until my mother or daddy could come and get me and then it was time for me to pray for God to have mercy because my parents were not going to have any! How I wish I could go back.

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    November 26, 2020 at 10:05 am

    In this tedious and terrifying times, the Blind Pig and Acrorn blog brings a welcomed escape each day for which I welcome. Just one of the many things to be thankful for today. Hope all have plenty of good food and companionship today.

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    Melissa P. (Misplaced Southerner)
    November 26, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Tipper, your family, and the family of Blind Pig readers. I am so thankful for your blog! I often feel as though I’m a million miles from my roots and my home. Then I read your posts (sometimes many at a time) and feel closer to the land and culture I love. Blessings to all y’all!

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    Linda Rice
    November 26, 2020 at 9:50 am

    So thankful for your family. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to each of you

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    Ann Applegarth
    November 26, 2020 at 9:48 am


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    Don Lucas
    November 26, 2020 at 9:45 am

    The SAME back to all…..Great to discover this site and comments too…..

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    November 26, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to your and your family! Your blog is the highlight of my day! God bless you all!

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    John Hickman
    November 26, 2020 at 9:18 am

    I would like to WISH all of you and your family a happy Thanksgiving, and never forget to thank the LORD for all that he does for us, may the LORD bless you and your family in a very special way as many of us love your daily email with information and the music is a added bonus. Thank you very much.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 26, 2020 at 9:10 am

    I am thankful to be counted a blessing to anyone at any time and for any proper reason. But I think you bless us more. Still, we neither side I’m sure think of keeping score. To have a giving and thankful heart is its own reward. And only God has the scales. Both your posts and the comments are bread upon the waters.

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    November 26, 2020 at 9:08 am

    It’s going to be a different kind of Thanksgiving Day. My daughter planned to cook dinner for her family and me until she became sick and was diagnosed with Covid. My grandson’s college basketball coach and several players has the virus and another grandson is off work due to close contact with a co-worker who tested positive. So, I will not be seeing any of my family today. I still have so much to be thankful for and will try to reflect on those blessings all day. I am cooking dinner and will likely have someone drop by to share it on the porch if it’s not too cold.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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    November 26, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to “ya all!” As we get a lot older we are truly thankful that we can prepare a Turkey Dinner! I will be putting ours in the in just a little bit. What my sons really look forward to is the Cornbread Dressing and I must say I do too. Thanks for all the wonderful posts Tipper and enjoy this special day with all your loved ones!

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    Larry Proffitt
    November 26, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Thanks Tipper, happy thanksgiving to you and your family and all the blind pig family.

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    November 26, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Tipper!

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    Margie Goldstein
    November 26, 2020 at 7:57 am

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all BP& A subscribers today! May Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you and yours from the storehouse of all HIS mercy and bounty. Please pray for AMERICA in her dark hour for unity, truth, strength, courage and love!

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    William Dotson
    November 26, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Tipper, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and God Bless all of you.

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    Carol Roy
    November 26, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Hi….to you Tipper and all of your family the Very Best Wishes. Happy Thanksgiving from Canada!

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    Kathy Dedenbach
    November 26, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to “you and yours”!

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    Gayle Larson
    November 26, 2020 at 7:40 am

    You and your family are one of our blessings also. Thanks for jogging our memories and reminding us of all the things we have to be thankful for.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 26, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Yes, Tipper, we all have a lot to be thankful for and at the very top of my list is the Blind Pig Family. The Deer Hunter is a wonderful son and a man who can fix anything. Tipper, you my daughter in law are a smart and loving woman who runs this wonderful blog that is part of my life EVERY DAY. Then there is Chitter and Chatter, Two sweet, loving, bright, caring, and beautiful granddaughters.
    I have a whole world of things to be thankful for!

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    Sanford McKinney Jr
    November 26, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Tipper and family,
    Wishing you a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

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    November 26, 2020 at 4:51 am

    There can never be too much Appalachia. It never gets old, and I appreciate so much how you can bring these gems to us each day. The mountains and our way of life is timeless. My aunt in long term care told me yesterday of her favorite enjoyment there. She sits on the patio where she can see a mountain, and she often enjoys the wildlife and birds each day. Fortunately, I was able to spring her for the day yesterday before they quarantine again, and we had a fabulous meal of choice and shopped for some necessities she needed. We enjoy and appreciate every little freedom nowadays. Happy Thanksgiving to the Blind Pig gang and all the readers.

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