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The Good Old Days: Christmas growing up in Adair Co., KY

Her father always got his tobacco crop ready for the first sale, so he could work at the tobacco warehouse in Greensburg and earn extra money for Christmas. Back then, Christmas wasn't an overload of toys. In fact, toys weren't given in her family.. It was more about needed school clothing or special holiday foods: Bananas and oranges, and Christmas candy! But it still made the holidays her favorite season. The best advice that her Mother always gave her, "If you give with a free heart, it will come back tenfold." And that's the way she enjoys Christmas today: Giving, anticipating the joy on others faces when they unwrap her presents.

By Von Price

Christmas growing up in Adair County

When I was a child (long time ago I might add) at Christmas we never had toys! My Dad would always make sure he got his tobacco crop on the first sale. And the reason was, so he could work at the tobacco warehouse in Greensburg to make extra money Week of Christmas and it was always on a Saturday we would go to Jessee's Fruit Market and buy fruits, candy, nuts, etc. That was our Christmas.

We could pick out any kind of candy that we wanted. He would always buy a box (case) of oranges, tangerines, red apples, yellow apples and then they had bananas in a box and they were still on a stalk. This was a wonderful time. Some might think...."Oh all of that candy"...but there was never any one over weight in our family. This was the best time of the year for us. My brothers and I went to a one room country school (Pleasant Hill Grade School) and when the Christmas vacation from school was over, the other kids that were there would bring their dolls, new coats or what ever they had gotten for Christmas to school. Being a child, naturally you would wish that you had gotten something like that. But looking back, I am thankful for what we had. My Mom and Dad worked so hard and one thing for sure, we never went hungry or without proper clothing.

Children today (my opinion only) have so much that they could never imagine not getting WII, Play Station, iPod, cell phone, or the like for Christmas. People spend $300-$400 for just one thing for kids today.

Living in Columbia you probably will not see many people who do not have any kind of Christmas. if we could just give one family something that needs it, and see what a wonderful feeling it is.

Christmas has always been my most favorite time of the year. I love to give presents.. My husband tells everyone, "She wants to give everyone a present." .It is such a great feeling to see someone's face when you give. The best advice that my Mother always gave me, "If you give with a free heart, it will come back tenfold. I truly believe this.

I have been blessed so many times and just been amazed at times, how quickly something good will come your way. I just want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and remember, is not the receiving that is important, but in the giving.That God gave his Son for us. I am sure some of your readers can relate to my story and understand what Christmas was like growing up on a farm and remembering the the Good Old Days.MERRY CHRISTMAS!Von Price
Louisville, KY

This story was posted on 2011-12-13 03:42:14
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