Early in December, I knew the Christmas holidays were drawing near, as events started happening in our rural West Tennessee community.
Even as a 6-year-old, I felt the surge of excitement taking place among our parents and relatives. Probably the first hint was the Christmas catalog that arrived from Sears, Roebuck & Company. Page after page of wonderful toys invaded my mind, causing me to dream visions of ownership.
Another event occurred about mid-December. On his way home from work, my father made an unscheduled stop at the A&P Grocery to purchase the traditional fruitcake. We considered this a luxury, as food was prepared from scratch and consisted of home-canned fruits and vegetables from our garden. But this was Christmas, and he splurged – even choosing the one with extra fruit and nuts. Sliced thinly, it lasted until the 25th.
Carolyn Tomlin is a Jackson, Tennessee-based author that has been writing and publishing since 1988. She has authored 19 books and more than 4,000 articles in magazines such as Entrepreneur, Kansas City Star, American Profile, Tennessee Home & Farm, Home Life, Mature Living, ParentLife and many others. You can purchase her full-length works here.