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Appalachian Homegrown Christmas



Appalachian Homegrown Christmas

By Leslie Fitzwater

The Appalachian Mountains and the people who live there share a rich history that is steeped in traditions for every season and every occasion.  By far, some of the best loved and most remembered Appalachian customs are associated with Christmastime.  From old-fashioned Main Street celebrations to handcrafted wooden toys under the tree, here are just a few of the beloved traditions that make Christmas in the Mountain State the most wonderful time of the year. 

Deck the halls with … Mistletoe?

Deck the halls with … Mistletoe?
Pine and holly aren’t the only natural Christmas decorations to be found locally in West Virginia.  

Main Street Christmas

Main Street Christmas
Once upon a time, long before big-box stores and shopping malls ruled the retail market, Main Street was where Christmas dreams came to life.

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Oh, Christmas Tree!
Instead of making a trip to a city lot to pick out a pre-cut tree this year, go on a family friendly adventure to a Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm.

Does anyone really roast chestnuts anymore?

Does anyone really roast chestnuts anymore?
They may not be prepared over an open fire like the Christmas carol suggests, but roasted chestnuts continue to be a holiday staple for many Appalachian families.

I’m a toymaker at heart.

“I’m a toymaker at heart.”
Wooden toys won’t outsell electronic ones this Christmas, but they still have a place of honor under the tree.

Appalachian Homegrown Christmas Photo Gallery


Roasted Chestnuts

Nuts for the Holidays
To make a truly genuine holiday snack, start with chestnuts.