“Course we didn’t have any electric lights, so our Christmas trees didn’t look like they do now. We were never allowed to use candles. They’re just so tricky. And Father, being in the fire-fighting business, wasn’t about to let us do that anyway. Aunt Louise provided ornaments, maybe sent some in packages to us, but we made a lot of them at home out of craft paper—mostly chains. Mother would bake gingerbread men. I remember very well a little sheep, a cookie cutout, that she made of gingerbread. We hung those on the tree. We made everything except for a few store-bought ornaments that Aunt Louise sent us. We’d make a star to go on top of the tree in school. Always before Christmas holidays, we were doing these things in school and bringing them home. I can remember when the first tin foil came out. We cut a star out cardboard and covered it in tin foil. It still makes a pretty star. That was the first one I remember. We used that star for years.”
Margaret Bulgin – “A Foxfire Christmas”
I treasure the Christmas ornaments the girls made in school. The teachers at Martins Creek School really outdid themselves on helping kids make ornaments. Every Christmas I hang those little mementos on my tree. I usually show them to the girls to remind them what their little hands made so many years ago.
“A Foxfire Christmas” is one of my favorite books about Christmas in Appalachia. You can jump over to the Foxfire site and see the book here.