callies-mountainToday I thought you might want to know how one of my characters in my book, Callie’s Mountain, would celebrate Christmas. The date of the book is 1798, but we’re going to move ahead a few years.

Callie and Jacob have been married five years. They have three boys, Billy, Tommy, and Joey. This is a time when Christmas is not commercialized and the celebrating we do today is not common to them, but let’s go back in time.

Hello, everyone. This is Callie Trent McGinnis, and we’ve been busy this fall getting ready for winter. Last week when we had our first cold spell, the men decided to kill hogs. This is a whole day of work from early in the morning until late in the evening. We will have a fresh pork roast for Christmas dinner and several sugar cured hams for the rest of the year.

Jacob saw several turkeys in the woods behind our house. I’m sure he’ll get a couple for us to prepare in addition to the pork.

The men went out yesterday and cut a cedar tree. Last night the boys and I popped pop corn to make a garland for the tree. We bought several candy canes from the general store to use as decorations. I’ve put garland around the fireplace mantle to make it more festive. At least the house smells nice.

As soon as I get the boys to sleep, I start sewing their Christmas presents. I’ve made stuffed animals, shirts, and a pair of pants for each of the boys. Jacob killed several deer and made moccasins and breeches for each of them. At least they’ll be warm, but they grow too fast.

Our family and Susannah’s family will eat dinner at my mother’s. Everyone will cook and bring food. It will be a wonderful day with family and friends and lots of children. In the afternoon, I’m sure we’ll have plenty of visitors from the community. We’ll sing and eat too much.

My family would like to wish all of you a very Happy Christmas and my God bless you in the new year.

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