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Walnut Shell Candles

That First Post War Christmas 1865A Twist of Tobacco

The snow continued to fall thickly as the buckboard carried them home. Ed and Sam unhitched the horses and took them to the barn. Eli and Watt carried Maggie and Henry into the house. Lizzie went straight to the kitchen to warm the spiced apple cider she had made earlier, and Jack carefully lit the tiny walnut candles on the tree. This was the first Christmas Maggie and Henry could remember a tree being lit with shiny ornaments and their eyes were wide with wonder.

Walnut shells have many uses. As tiny beeswax candles or as settings for the Nativity.
The lovely Christmas ornament below was purchased in 1972 on our honeymoon. It is the first tree ornament we bought together. Through the years there have been many other decorations. Some stayed and some went the way of old socks.  Silently into the night--(trash can.)
But this beauty is wrapped and carefully stored every year. Although the star is tattered and the gold trim is flat and w…

A Christmas Treat for Mack

A Christmas Treat for Mack
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, Not even a mouse, The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there, The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

Written in 1823, the Clement Moore classic was firmly established by the Civil War.
The holiday was more secular in the South than the North but was still basically of a spiritual nature.
Celebrated on Christmas Day, not for two months prior, the day would start with Church services. While the women cooked the main meal, the young people would decorate the tree.  Small evergreen trees for a table top were the norm in most homes, adorned with edible gingerbread cookies, bright paper ornaments and perhaps gilded nuts. 
The true highlight of the day was the same thing that dominated every other day; FOOD!  As today, each families celebration was determined by e…