“It was nothing like the Christmas we made our paper chain and put it on the tree. We popped popcorn and made our own chains. We took innertubes and cut out squirrels and things. My aunt helped to make them and we stuffed them. They were so pretty hanging on that tree. We made some candles, but we didn’t have many candles too often. We had two up on the mantel, and then we had a Christmas stocking and we made it. That was some kind of a pine! We just went out in the field and got it, and it was so pretty. I took paper (crepe paper) and twisted three different colors around. We didn’t have electric lights, but I’d been quilting, and I took my quilt and put it in the center of my house. I’d twist the crepe paper around the branches, and I hung some mistletoe and then they got under it.”
—Lillian Hooper – “Mountain Voices” by Warren Moore
I wish I could have seen those innertube stuffed squirrels don’t you 🙂
When I was a girl we always went out on the bank or up in the woods hunting for a Christmas tree. Sometimes it was a white pine and sometimes it was more of a cedar bush than a tree.
Artificial Christmas trees or ones from Christmas tree farms are fuller and handier for hanging ornaments and lights on, but there is something so very heartwarming about the trees that are spare and little wonky in places.