Tag Archives: Christmas in Appalachia

The pie the British authorities banned

CARSKADON’S Raisins, figs, currants, citron, orange and lemon peel, mince meat and all those things which go to make the Christmas table attractive and beautiful. Do not fool your money away on useless toys, but come and supply yourselves with something worth 100 cents on the dollar. Come and see what we have to offer […]

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Get ready for the Santa Train

In 1943, a group of Kingsport, TN businessmen wanted to do something special for their neighbors in Southwest Virginia to thank them for their patronage. Flem Dobyns of Dobyns-Taylor Hardware Store and Bill Waddell of the Kingsport Times-News came up with the idea of having a special Christmas themed Clinchfield Railroad train head out of […]

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And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strain

Merry Christmas everyone! I want to take a minute and thank all my readers for stopping by and having a look around here at the site throughout this past year. Your comments and appreciation really make the task of writing so much easier. Also, I want to acknowledge all the talented and generous people who’ve […]

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Chinese firecrackers provided plenty of Christmas joking

Clarence Nixon wrote of his father’s store in his book Possum Trot, “We stocked up with fruit in December, and I still think of Christmas when I smell oranges in the country.” The South was a land of deep sentimentality. Family ties were close, and the hard years following the war tended to knit them […]

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The Animals from the Wild Visit, and Ms. Cat Stays

I think it was the ninth night, I was told, that the wild animals came in from the forest, fields and desert. Some had traveled a long way. They came in late at night when everybody was asleep. They didn’t want to scare people. They came in quietly to see the Son of Heaven, baby […]

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