Tag Archives: Christmas in Appalachia

Time for Kris Kringling

For Pennsylvania Dutch children Christmas started yesterday, the beginning of ‘chriskringling’ (or ‘Kris Kringling,’) the two-week period culminating in Christmas. It’s a hybrid of trick or treating, mischief night, and Christmas caroling. Tradition dictates that after dressing in costumes, the children sneak up to a neighbor’s house armed with noise makers of every shape and […]

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We didn’t trim a tree at home; we didn’t have any trimming

“I don’t think I was ever any more excited than on that last day at school before Christmas when Miss Dumire asked three of us girls to untrim the tree. She gave each of us a box and said, ‘Try to put the same amount in each box.’ So we were careful, helping each other […]

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There’s more than one definition of fruitcake in Appalachia

Yes, it’s heavy as a brick, and lasts long enough that you can re-gift it year after year without anyone commenting on its shelf life having expired. Blame the Scots. Early versions of the rich style fruitcake, such as what we know today as Scottish Black Bun, date from the Middle Ages, and were luxuries […]

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The Feast of the Seven Fishes

This year was the 6th time Fairmont, WV publically celebrated the classic Italian Christmas Eve tradition, the Feast of the Seven Fishes, with a local festival of the same name. At the December 10 event, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant presented Robert Tinnell with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s Recognition of Honor for Tinnell’s […]

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