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"Table of Contents A celebration of holiday poetry, fiction, essays, recipes, and songs by more than sixty of the Bluegrass state's finest writers. Gathered here are writings from some of the legendary voices of Kentucky -- and the nation -- as well as original Christmas stories and poetry from some of the state's emerging talents. Among the contributors to this handsome collection are Kentucky's visionaries, storytellers, historians, singers, cooks, children's authors, and poets, including all five Kentucky Poet Laureates. A delight for anyone interested in Kentucky literature, history, or traditions, A Kentucky Christmas promises to be a wonderful holiday gift, a treasured family keepsake, and a necessary addition for libraries and for personal collections.

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""Features poetry, short stories, memoirs, recipes, and songs by 67 of the state's best known, most beloved writers."--Louisville Courier Journal" --

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813122793
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

George Ella Lyon is the award-winning author of more than forty books for children and adults, including She Let Herself Go: Poems, With a Hammer for My Heart, Don't You Remember?, Holding On to Zoe, and Which Side Are You On?: The Story of a Song. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

A Greeting
Louisville's First Christmas 3
From Social Life and Diversions 15
A Little Bit of Santa Claus 17
From Chapter 12, The Heart of the Hills 27
Christmas and Old Christmas in Appalachia 32
Jack Hunts Christmas 36
The Animals That Night 41
The Ganders Marry 42
From Pure Magic and Old Friendship, Creeker 45
The Asakawa Christmas Party 51
Christmas, Down Home 54
Home for Christmas 65
At Years End 69
Winter Tree 70
My Mother's Christmas Tree 71
Jingle Bells, Shotgun Shells 72
No Time Like Now 74
The Birds' Christmas 91
Hunting for a Christmas Tree After Dark 92
Drawing Names 97
Why I Believe in Santa Claus 109
Christmas Turtle 114
Christmas on Lizard Ridge 115
The Red Taffeta Dress 123
The Gift 124
Winteriese 134
Christmas Present 136
Bread 138
Christmas Every Day 149
December 24, 1959 152
By Special Starlight 154
Christmas Comes to Lord Calvert 157
The Proof of Mother's Puddings 173
All the Right Ingredients 177
Christmas Fruit Salad, Iva's Christmas Cake, and Snow Cream 180
Christmas Gift: A Memoir 185
VI, 1991 191
Christmas Eve, 3 P.M. 192
A Christmas Lesson 193
Little Bitty Baby 198
I Wonder as I Wander 200
Bad Winter, 1975 202
From Chapter 17, Borrowed Children 203
Shooting Star 207
Advent 209
Winter Wren at Solstice 210
December 25, 1949-December 31, 1949 211
Two Cardinals 215
In the House of the Lord 216
From Chapter 10, Newfound 218
Snow Arithmetic 220
The Presence of Snow in the Tropics 221
Prayer for the New Year 223
Alene 227
The Visit 235
Mistletoe 237
Letters From the Karst 243
Hey, You Ain't Supposed to Wear Clothes Under Your Nightgown 258
A Master Time 264
From God's Oddling: The Story of Mick Stuart, My Father 272
My Uncle Bob 274
Domestic 275
VI, 1988 283
Waking before Light 285
When She Came to Mercy 287
Epiphany at Midnight: January 20, 1994 295
Christmas Morning 297
The Christmas Lamb 299
Icon 301
St. Ann's Kitchen Door: Mis-en-Scene 302
Too Wise Men 307
Bound into the Mystery 308
The Holy Season 312
James Still 317
Further Reading 319
Contributors 321
Reprint Permissions 335
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