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We air now aiming to give a dumb show for to pleasure the Little Teacher

I thought no more of old time play acting in the mountain country till on Christmas Eve in 1930 some of the men and boys at Gander [KY] presented for me an old mummers’ play. Later two of the men gave me a fairly complete text for the play. …All of the contributors were old […]

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Breakin’ up Christmas

Breakin’ Up Christmas is both the name for 12 days of partying, dancing, and music making ending up on January 6th, Old Christmas day, and also a song sung during that period. The tradition harks from the area that roughly includes Surry County NC, nearby Grayson and Carroll counties in VA, and the independent city […]

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America’s first Christmas card?

Irish monks in North America, centuries before Columbus? So claimed Dr. Barry Fell (1917-1994), a professor of invertebrate zoology at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, and a president of the Epigraphic Society. Fell’s claims were based on his controversial work in New World epigraphy (the study of inscriptions or epigraphs engraved into stone or […]

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A Jack Tale for Christmas

“A long time ago, when Jack was growin’ up, his daddy give him a brand new shotgun for Christmas. Obviously, Jack was as proud as a peacock over this new gift. He wanted to show his daddy just how proud he was by going out and gettin a whole mess of game on his first […]

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We just decided to get married, that’s all

“I got married in 1926. I met [Charlie] in Davie County, between Mocksville and Salisbury. We met at a friend’s house. I spent the night down there with a friend. We just wrote to each other for quite some time. [Laughter] He’d come to Conover once in a while. My grandmother had died a long […]

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