A Foxfire Christmas

A Foxfire Christmas

A Foxfire Christmas

A Foxfire Christmas

Synopsis

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This captivating book of recollections celebrates the holiday traditions of Appalachian families as passed from one generation to the next. Based on Foxfire students' interviews with neighbors and family members, the memories shared here are from a simpler time, when gifts were fewer but perhaps more precious, and holiday tables were laden with traditional favorites. More than just reminiscences, however, A Foxfire Christmas includes instructions for recreating many of the ornaments, toys, and recipes that make up so many family traditions, from Chicken and Dumplings to Black Walnut Cake, and from candy pulls to corn husk dolls and hand-whittled toy cars.

Excerpt

When I was a girl, my family would travel south to Cincinnati on Route 25, into the mountains on a series of two-lane roads that wound through the narrow valleys and onto the dirt roads that took us back home. It was a long journey, and it would always be well after midnight when my father turned the car onto the rickety wooden bridge that crossed the creek into the bottom. In the distance, I could see my Aunt Leona’s house and the Christmas lights in the window. As the boards on the bridge began to rumble under the car’s weight, Aunt Leona’s kitchen light would flash on. The quarter mile from the bridge . . .

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