Christmas Holidays in Appalachia

Merry Christmas From The Blind Pig & The Acorn

Merry Christmas From The Blind Pig Gang 2011
Merry Christmas! I know I’m a day late-but along with our beautiful White Christmas-came about 12 hours of power outage.

Lucky for us-the power went out about 2:00pm yesterday-the gifts had been exchanged and the bellies had been filled.

christmas sweaters
I think Granny knew what was coming-her presents were perfect for the cold, the snow, and the non-electricity day we had. Steve’s sweater was different than all the other guys and we teased him that he must be the Grand PooBa since Granny made his sweater a different color.

By the end of the day-we had all worn the snuggies.

I hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright too!


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    January 2, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Who needs power to have a Merry Christmas anyway??!! LOL
    Love the video, Tipper!!
    And I’m glad to read that you ALL had a very Merry Christmas!!

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    December 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Glad you got power back quickly. Working for an electric Cooperative we always like to hear that.
    and those girls, gosh theya re growing so fast. Ya better put a rock on their head, or next year you might have boy friends at your gathering.
    Have a great 2011.

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    Canned Quilter
    December 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Wishing the Blind Pig gang a Merry Christmas also. We had snow here in North Missouri also. No power outages though. May your new year bring all that you desire!

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    December 27, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Sandra-those are my brother’s dogs-Wild Bill and Griffin. But Wild Bill mostly lives at my house-so he’s kinda like mine : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Music, Giveaways, Mountain Folk
    All at

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    Glenda Beall
    December 27, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I was sorry to miss the wonderful snow there, but. low and behold, here in Georgia we had a white Christmas also. The first in this area since 1882 and I was here for it.
    So sorry about the power outage, but it seems you all had a wonderful day together and that is what matters.

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    steve allen
    December 26, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. Loved the video and pictures. Great looking family.
    Also glad to let you have our snow. lol At the beginning of the week we were supposed to get 4-8 inches but it went south and we only got a dusting. We have plenty from earlier anyway. Looks like you all enjoyed it!
    Steve Allen
    Florence, KY

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    Vicki Lane
    December 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Looks like the Blind Pig Gang had a good time anyway!
    I got a book for Christmas I think you’d enjoy — you may already know about it.
    MOUNTAIN BORN – A Recollection of Life and Language in Western NC by Jean Boone Benfield.

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    B. Ruth
    December 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Looks like fun to me….love the sweaters…such talented your house!
    Glad you had your Christmas fixins’ done, too…that many fella’s could get antsy if they got hungry…LOL
    We always had fun when we had a (snow) power outage…but back then we had a wood stove in the living room fireplace for supplemental heat..sooo we all slept in the living room, piled on cots, rollaways or pallets…Lit the lanterns and candles…had a pot of chili or stew on the top of the wood stove…Husband drained the well intake water tank if we needed water..but I always tried to draw up water in jugs before a snow prediction just in case the well was down…so it wasn’t too bad…kinda like the “olden days” or camping in the winter…LOL..We try to keep our grill (propane) tank filled all winter too..the husband likes venison on the grill in the winter…so if we have to we can cook outside…We played games or worked puzzels…the only bad thing (for the boys) was missing a TV football game especially if it was a bowl game…LOL
    Thanks Tipper, glad you had a
    good Christmas….

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    December 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Marery Christmas, Tipper! xoxo

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    kenneth o. hoffman
    December 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Tipper: sorry to here of your power outage,although some of our best Christmas,s were before we had electricity. nice photo of your handsome family, also we enjoyed the music. by the way that “Arch potato black walnut cake was fantastic ,but it didn’t last long. have the happiest” new year”. k.o.h

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    Patty Hall
    December 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Wonderful looking family!
    Ya’ll take care
    Patty H.

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    lynn legge
    December 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    wow looks like santa and susie snowflake have been busy… lol
    we had snow here also. but it waited till after we had gotten home christmas eve.. so it was beautiful to wake up to.. we stayed home as we spent the evening of christmas eve with the children and g/children.. many blessings to you and your family.. and those sweaters look beautiful .. what a wonderful gift..
    thank you for your gift all year with sharing with us.. sending lots of love and ladybug hugs

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    Sheila Bergeron
    December 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing the family with us.

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    Mike McLain
    December 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Tipper! Also, thank you for Blind Pig & the Acorn. I really look forward to each new piece of information, story, or history.

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    Miss Cindy
    December 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    WOW!! That was wonderful…and all those sweaters. Your mother must have been crocheting all year!!!
    Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you and your fanily!

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    Pat in east TN
    December 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Lots of snow here and plans for visiting canceled, but a good time was still had by all, even if it was by phone!
    Merry Christmas, a day late, to you and your Tipper!

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    John Dilbeck
    December 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Merry Christmas to Tipper and the clan!
    We had just about a perfect day. Good times with family and lots of snow.
    The power flickered a few times, but never went out and I’m grateful for that.
    I enjoyed watching your video.

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    December 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    What a picturesque holiday! Looks like you all managed to have a great time despite the power outage. What a handy time to have a house full of musicians! We’ve had snow on the ground all month, there’s nothing prettier or more nostalgic than a white Christmas!

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I hope your Holiday was filled with joy and laughter and that it has created many warm memories to last all year long. Love the sweaters! I am sorry I missed all the snow, my friend told me that I would be snowed in at my house!
    Big Hugs to all

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    December 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    thank you for letting us share your day of love and laughter. tell chitter and chatter they did a good job with the smiling merry christmas. i saw 2 dogs, are they yours? everyone looks great in the sweaters, she did a fantastic job of those.

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    December 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Seems like ya’ll had a really good day even if the power did go off for awhile. Thankfully we only had a very cold,windy day. Was a blessing to get to share the day with my kids.

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    December 26, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    That’s a great looking family. I
    know Pap and Granny are so proud
    of everyone. My family has about
    that same number of folks. Seems
    like I know about everyone except
    ‘the great one’ and his wife, but
    I have met their daughter with the
    beautiful smile. Gosh, what a snow
    and sled can do for excitement.
    Thanks for the video and sharing a
    part of you all’s Christmas…Ken

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    Just Jackie
    December 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Love the family photo. Sorry you lost power. We’ve been lucky that way. The snow is so pretty !!!!

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