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First Christmas Remembered

The holidays were much simpler celebrated in 1939
in a four-room house on a dirt road in rural Adair County

By Carlis B. Wilson

I must have been five years old, in those times.

I remember no special days, no birthdays, anniversaryor holidays.

But this year we were going to have my first Christmasremembered.

We lived in a four-room house by the side of a dirtroad about a half-mile off the highway, in AdairCounty Kentucky.

Life was pretty simple back then. Iremember no Christmas decorations, just a strings ofbeads made from popcorn on a small Christmas tree, cutfrom a field, where red cedar wood grew in abundance.

Finally, Christmas day came and I was up early to seejust what Old Santa had brought me.

There it was, under that small tree, an apple, orangeand a small bag of loose candy, but the biggest andbest gift I ever received was a small shiny cappistol and one roll of caps.

This small cap pistol had a place for one cap, whichwas placed in the chamber, before pulling the triggerfor a BANG!

There must have been about 50 caps on that roll. Idon't remember if I ever got another roll of caps forthat gun.

However, I do remember that first Christmasin the year of 1939.

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