Overview

This beautiful book of essays, illustrated by Mississippi's premier watercolorist Wyatt Waters, will ring true with treasured recollections of Christmases past. Remember the Christmas it snowed on the Mississippi Coast? Glen Allison recalls that miracle. Richard Ford and Waters tell exactly what they felt when they first laid eyes on a bicycle left under the tree by Santa Claus. These Mississippians celebrate Christmas pageants, the decorating, the family dinners--even as they recognize war and loss as part of ...

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Christmas Memories from Mississippi

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Overview

This beautiful book of essays, illustrated by Mississippi's premier watercolorist Wyatt Waters, will ring true with treasured recollections of Christmases past. Remember the Christmas it snowed on the Mississippi Coast? Glen Allison recalls that miracle. Richard Ford and Waters tell exactly what they felt when they first laid eyes on a bicycle left under the tree by Santa Claus. These Mississippians celebrate Christmas pageants, the decorating, the family dinners--even as they recognize war and loss as part of our lives and sometimes part of our holidays. Christmas Memories from Mississippi looks at the holidays from the early 20th century through the present and offers the celebrations from various points of view, both religious and secular. This book makes an ideal memento of shared traditions and lovingly extends the spirit of the season across the state's diversity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604737813
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/27/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Charline R. McCord of Clinton, Mississippi, and Judy H. Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi, have coedited numerous books, including Christmas Stories from Mississippi, Growing Up in Mississippi, and the forthcoming Coming Home to Mississippi, all available from the University Press of Mississippi.

Judy H. Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi, and Charline R. McCord of Clinton, Mississippi, have coedited numerous books, including Christmas Stories from Mississippi, Growing Up in Mississippi, and the forthcoming Coming Home to Mississippi, all available from the University Press of Mississippi.

Wyatt Waters of Clinton, Mississippi, has illustrated numerous books featuring his watercolors, including Another Coat of Paint and Painting Home.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Judy H. Tucker Tucker, Judy H.

Christmas Memories Elise Winter Winter, Elise 3

A Plain White Sock Patti Carr Black Black, Patti Carr 11

"We Close at Dusk" Richard Howorth Howorth, Richard 17

A Talk with Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey Winfrey, Oprah 23

My Christmas Carol Lester Senter Wilson Wilson, Lester Senter 25

A Father and a Bicycle Richard Ford Ford, Richard 29

My Mother Was Santa Claus but My Father Was an Indian Mary Anderson Anderson, Mary 33

Snow in Saigon Maureen Ryan Ryan, Maureen 43

Ded Moroz Ronnie Riggs Riggs, Ronnie 47

Dusty Mary Ann Mobley Mobley, Mary Ann 55

Herman's Present Will D. Campbell Campbell, Will D. 59

Mississippi Ornament Robin Whitfield Whitfield, Robin 63

Christmas Encounter Charline R. McCord McCord, Charline R. 69

I Heard the Angels Sing Bishop Duncan Gray III Gray, Bishop Duncan, III 75

Christmas Gift Lottie Brent Boggan Boggan, Lottie Brent 79

Angels Brought the Message Maude Williams Ballou Ballou, Maude Williams 87

The Coon Hunt Jerry Lee Bustin Bustin, Jerry Lee 89

What Counts Beverly Lowry Lowry, Beverly 99

The Greatest Christmas Gift Freda McKissic Bush Bush, Freda McKissic 107

Plenty Steve Yarbrough Yarbrough, Steve 113

The Soloist Judy H. Tucker Tucker, Judy H. 121

Christmas Recalled and Lessons Learned Billy G. Bridges Bridges, Billy G. 125

A "Global Soul" Reflects on Christmas Seetha Srinivasan Srinivasan, Seetha 131

The Poor Children's Christmas Party Walter Howell Howell, Walter 135

Ode to the Fruitcake Carolyn Haines Haines, Carolyn 143

My Christmas Fishing Tale John M. Yarborough Yarborough, John M. 151

Exiles on Main Street Caroline Langston Langston, Caroline 155

Splitting Christmas John M. Floyd Floyd, John M. 161

Christmas Guests Mary Libby Payne Payne, Mary Libby 167

Christmas 1988 Bill Luckett Luckett, Bill 171

Inheritance Margaret McMullan McMullan, Margaret 175

The Sport Coat Chris Gilmer Gilmer, Chris 179

The Joy of Family Beverly Wade Hogan Hogan, Beverly Wade 185

The View from Under the Tree Glen C. Allison Allison, Glen C. 191

An Artificial Christmas Beverly Marshall Marshall, Beverly 197

Hurry Up and Slow Down Michael F. Smith Smith, Michael F. 205

Whole Hog Christmas Dorothy Shawhan Shawhan, Dorothy 209

Yes, Mississippi, There Is a Santa Claus Wyatt Waters Waters, Wyatt 215

Contributors Wyatt Waters Waters, Wyatt 221

Acknowledgments Wyatt Waters Waters, Wyatt 232

Copyright Acknowledgments Wyatt Waters Waters, Wyatt 233

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