Holidays in Appalachia

Happy Thanksgiving from Brasstown

old postcard of an ear of corn

For the first time we’ll be eating Thanksgiving at my house. Although Granny’s arm has healed from the break it still gives her trouble. She was worrying about not being able to clean up her house for our get together so I volunteered to host Thanksgiving here.

Granny is funny.

At first she said “Well I don’t know.” I said “Well whatever you want to do. I can come help you clean or we can eat at my house and you won’t have to worry about it.” She said she’d study on it and let me know.

About a week later she said “Well I’ve asked Ben and Rachel (my nephew and his wife) if it was okay to eat at your house and they said it was so I guess we will.” I grinned and said “I’m sure glad you got their approval.” 🙂

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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    Ann Applegarth
    November 30, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    I am certainly thankful for you, Tipper, and blind pig! May the Lord bless your beautiful family!

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    November 30, 2019 at 11:19 am

    A belated Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve been busy as our oldest daughter is home from New York City for Thanksgiving and all what’s left of my family gathered at our house for a wonderful day. We’ve been hosting Thanksgiving for years!

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    November 28, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Blessings to all the Blind Pig Gang. I have cooked off and on for three days, but this is the first day I got on late. I am so thankful for so much, and mostly that I can still cook Thanksgiving dinner after all these years. I finally replaced the country biscuits permanently with homemade rolls.
    I remember many years ago when I took over for my Mom, and through the years my family group has really shrunk. Somehow among my silverware, and out of nowhere, a fork appeared from my Mother’s old set from years ago. Maybe just reminding me she is still here in our hearts. So glad your Mother is permitting you to host, and you handled that in such a wise and caring way. My Mother seemed to easily permit me to gradually take over most responsibilities, except managing her medicines.

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    Jim Kennington
    November 28, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I’m truly thankful for the Tipper, her family, and the Blind Pig gang. I haven’t been able to travel back to NC for the holidays in a decade, but the sweet sounds of home resonate every when I read Tipper’s post and everyone’s response. I am so grateful for everyone’s participation every day. It’s so much like a visit down home. God bless you all for bringing Appalachia to my little bit of Burbank.

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    Bill Burnett
    November 28, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the rest of the Blind Pig Gang. I have been blessed by meeting you, The Deer Hunter, Paul , Chitter and Chatter. You all feel pert near like kin even though I’ve only actually got to see and talk with you all a few times. I am thankful for your prayers over the last couple of years as well as all the other great people who have prayed and offered other support I truly feel this is the reason I’m able to spend another Thanksgiving with my wonderful family. I hope to keep reading your blog every day for a long time, keep Appalachian Culture alive, I know Brasstown is a few ridges west of Needmore but the similarities are amazing and the fact that my forth Great Grandfather move from Needmore to Shooting Creek in the Horse and Wagon days where he lived until he passed an was returned to Licklog, a suburb of Needmore shows as the crow flies we aren’t that far apart. I am thankful for your friendship and getting to know a fine family like yours.

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    Hank SKewis
    November 28, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Tipper!
    I hope to get out your way next fall.

    Sincerely, Hank Skewis

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    Garland Davis
    November 28, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. While we are all enjoying our meals and the fellowship of families and friends, let’s pause for a moment to remember those men and women who are deployed to foreign shore or are afloat in the fleet to support our countries aims. God bless all.

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    Ken Roper
    November 28, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to All.

    Tipper, I think you are the best writer, ever, especially The Blind Pig and The Acorn blog. The Wilsons and the Pressley Family mean so much to Me.

    Just Don’t Mention Politics or some might not come back. …Ken

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    Ruth Binder
    November 28, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    A blessed and happy Thanksgiving to all from Broadview Heights (Cleveland), Ohio.

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    November 28, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Giving Thanks for blindpigandtheacorn! Blessings to you and yours!

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      Mary Lou McKillipm
      November 29, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      Tipper it’s a blessing for your web site so may of us enjoy. The Blind-pig gang. Happy Thanksgiving to all . A special blessing on you sweet Tipper and your talented Loving family.

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    Betty Hopkins
    November 28, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Tipper, and the whole Blind Pig gang! So thankful for you and the way you keep our Appalachian history alive!

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    Cheryl Smith
    November 28, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from our family! Sending hugs!

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    November 28, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving is as happy as all git out. Permission granted to bust bellies today. We can lollygag aftertimes.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    November 28, 2019 at 10:12 am

    What a wonderful day! My heart is filled with thankfulness to God for all His blessings. My daughter is also hosting our Thanksgiving for the 3rd or 4th year. I still do Christmas and Easter. It doesn’t seem so long ago that my grandparents and then my parents were the hosts. We do all the traditional foods. Happy Thanksgiving to all Blind Pig readers, and especially to the Pressley crowd.

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    November 28, 2019 at 9:38 am

    We will help serve about 1,000 meals today. About 800 are delivered to shut-ins around the county and another 200 or so will come in from the surrounding neighborhood. This is always a lot of fun. Some will dress in their finest while others will be at the same table in ragged t-shirts. We will go home afterwards and collapse for a couple of hours and share the conversations we’ve had today. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the Blind Pig community. I feel like we all are friends even though I’ve never met them.

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    November 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

    My children and grandchildren always had too many other stops before they got here and by that time they weren’t even hungry. This year, I will be eating dinner with my daughter and her family. Somehow it just doesn’t seem right not to host Thanksgiving dinner that has been my tradition for so many years. I’m thankful to be with loved ones today as we enjoy a delicious meal together.
    I love Pap’s saying about eating too much. I will try to remember that when I go back for seconds. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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    November 28, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!! This will be the first Thanksgiving without my dear husband of over 51 years. He passed on to glory the first of this month. He will be missed but I have so many things to be thankful for and our dear sons will be fixing the Thanksgiving meal. I have always loved to do it but they want me to take a rest. Like your mother, I had to study on it too before I said o.k.

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    Ed Karshner
    November 28, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! I’m sure thankful for y’all!

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    Gayle Larson
    November 28, 2019 at 8:48 am

    We are thankful for you and your wonderful blog. Today we give thanks for what we have and think about those who went before to provide for us.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 28, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Well, in progress of time the torch passes. Wishing each and every BP&A stars and readers a blessed Thanksgiving. One (of many) things I am thankful for is that Tipper has helped us see there are friends we haven’t met in person all over.

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    aw griff
    November 28, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Happy Thanksgiving. We will be eating at my Sister’s house at the farm. There will be too much to eat but I will try to not bust my belly.

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    November 28, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Happy Thanksgiving from Booneville Mississippi. Since my Mom passed several years ago we don’t get together anymore. When she was still in the farmhouse it was a din at holiday time; 4 generations, the oldest visiting & the youngest playing loudly and running through the house, Mother beside herself trying to control every movement and thought of everybody there, everybody holding hands in a circle for the blessing (which i hate to this day, not the blessing but the forced hand holding). Blessed Thanksgiving to all.

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    Dan O'Connor
    November 28, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Wishing you and your family a blessed day.

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    November 28, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone, May God bless each one of you, we have so much to be Thankful for.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 28, 2019 at 7:54 am

    The passing of the torch to the next generation, seems like a big deal to me! My ham is cooking and the relish is complete and ready to go. We’ll have a great Thanksgiving Dinner at the Pressley House this year!
    We have lots to be thankful for and The Blind Pig is certainly a high ranker on that Thankfulness list!

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    November 28, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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    William P Dotson
    November 28, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours on this wonderful day from My Family in Ellsberry Ohio.

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    November 28, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Good luck on your first hosting of Thanksgiving, Tipper, and Happy Thanksgiving to all the Blind Pig gang! I am certainly thankful for this blog and all the contributors and commenters who make visiting an interesting and restful part of my day.

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    Don Byers
    November 28, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Happy Thanksgiving from Choestoe!

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    Andrew DeShaw
    November 28, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Happy Thanksgiving from Nova Scotia Canada!

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    Ron Banks
    November 28, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Happy Thanksgiving from The Banks clan!

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    Patricia Page
    November 28, 2019 at 6:54 am

    I remember the first time I hosted Thanksgiving for the family. My mom could not totally give it up so she prepared the turkey dressing and gravy to bring to my house; everything else was my responsibility. On the way out of her house she dropped the turkey and dressing platter. Luckily, the neighbor was barbequeing shoulders. He gave my dad one and Thanksgiving was saved. Barbecued pork and giblet gravy is not so bad. You should try it!

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    sheryl paul
    November 28, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all

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      November 28, 2019 at 8:32 am

      Happy Thanksgiving to Brasstown & All the Bling Pig family! I am so thankful for my girls who came & cleaned my house! I made the dressing & a pumpkin pie. We will have around 20 gather here today. Thank you, Lord, from Whom all blessings flow.

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      Sheila Bergeron
      November 28, 2019 at 9:02 am

      God Bless you all!

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    November 28, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Hi…..sending Blessings from Canada…..Happy Thanksgiving!!

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    Colleen Holmes
    November 28, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Wow! Can’t believe it’s your first time hosting. Enjoy. It’s a blessing to have family over. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    marshall reagan
    November 28, 2019 at 6:10 am


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    November 28, 2019 at 6:08 am

    happy thanksgiving! i made 12 loaves of salt rise bread to serve to my international thanksgiving dinner today. it was requested by some and others will be eating it for the first time!

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