For Me, Christmas Lights Are Nice, But There's More To It

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For Me, Christmas Lights Are Nice, But There's More To It

I love Christmas lights as much as anyone, but you could take away all the lights and it's still Christmas if we're with family.  Most years that's meant a visit to the eastern mountains of West Virginia.  Now retired, my mom's roots run deep in these mountains, with a small town called Cass as her birthplace and Bartow (about 15 miles away) now my parent's retirement spot.  Generations of her family have called these beautiful mountains home. 

The Greenbrier River runs through Pocohantas County and for many years lumber was the name of the game.  Cass is what's referred to as a "company town".  Row after row of white frame houses with boardwalks connecting them.  A company store where as a kid I could buy juice filled wax lips, a pig in a poke bag and penny candy that was really a penny.

 

Cass West Virginia

 

Nowadays the name of the game is tourism.  Snowshoe Ski Resort is just up the mountain and most of the town is now a State Park.  The rows of white homes that used to be occupied by families are now rental cabins.  You won't find lights on them, no Christmas trees, no tinsel.  But this town brings back many memories of visiting my grandfather's as a kid. 

Growing up my family lived a bit of a nomadic life so visits were infrequent, but packed with memories: 

My grandfather's beehives and his knowledge of the mountains in every direction.  Picking wild berries and apples from abandoned orchards, drinking from natural springs.  Playing in the creeks looking for crawdads and salamanders.  Wandering the woods for hours.  Pheasants and deer, birds and fish.  Moss covered boulders and long slopes down the mountainsides.  Cold river water.  Rides on turn of the century trains now running for tourists, billowing coal smoke out the stacks and the cinders falling on your arms.  Cake walks at the church.  Towns that have never known a stoplight.  Norman Rockwellish?  Perhaps, but a big part of who I am today.

Christmas is memories and family time, and visits back to these mountains are a big part of the Chirstmas season for me, lights or no lights :)

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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Bill - When our memories are deeply rooted in a sense of place and time, visits back, especially at holiday times, are very special. The details may vary, but I share your sentiments. (And I remember those wax lips - it took me a long time to learn to chew the wax :)

Dec 22, 2014 05:39 AM #1
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Hi Bilz, Now, your talking about things that I remember too. "Penny Candy and Wax Lips too!' Yes, those were the days. There's nothing like being with our families,and sharing many lifetime memories.

Have a Fantastic Week!

Dec 22, 2014 05:43 AM #2
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I remember doing a lot of those things when I was a kid roaming the farm country of Michigan where I grew up! Great memories!

Dec 22, 2014 06:00 AM #3
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Dick, They had a lot of those wax candies, and other than on the Net you probably can't find the anywhere else.

Jerry, There's a lot of memories tied into the holidays and hometown visits.

Nicole, We used to spend hours roaming the woods and never knew where we'd wind up :) 

Dec 22, 2014 06:15 AM #4
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BLiz, I remember the big winter time activity was looking for a sledding hill or playing hockey in some kid's homemade rink in his backyard. I don't have much of a recollection of my Grandparents who had passed before I was three... Memories are the thing, aren't they.

Dec 22, 2014 07:17 AM #5
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Tom, My paternal grandfather passed before I was ever born, my maternal grandmother when I was 7, so most of my kid memories are tied to Alabama for my grandmother and West Virginia for my grandfather.  For my grandmother, one of the strongest memories is the pound cakes she used to bake by the dozens to sell at the Mongomery farmer's market.  Stacks and stacks of white paste board boxes.  I can't see a slice of pound cake anywhere without remembering her. 

Dec 22, 2014 08:32 AM #6
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Memories are great, aren't they?  They stay with you forever, and your's sound solid! And pretty exciting for someone who wasn't allowed out of the yard as a child.  None of us were, but we grew up in the city so my parents attracted other kids to come to our house to play.  I can't imagine the freedom of running through the woods or slipping on moss covered rocks...

Dec 22, 2014 09:14 AM #7
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Evelyn, I spent a couple of weeks pre-Annapolis with an uncle in urban Baltimore (just a few blocks from the Inner Harbor).  A radical change from where I lived most of my youth. 

Dec 22, 2014 09:30 AM #8
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Bill: Time spent with family is what the holidays are all about (to me anyway). Good to hear you have such fond memories.

Dec 22, 2014 09:34 AM #9
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Anita, Definitely lots of great memories from growing up and always good to see family for Christmas.

Dec 22, 2014 10:01 AM #10
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BLiz- that first picture of the row of houses reminded me of what we'd see on some of our drives through W. VA when we lived in Leesburg VA.  I love that whole area.

Dec 22, 2014 10:56 AM #11
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Kathy, There are a lot of places similar in this area.  The company towns live on even when the companies are long gone as they are in this case. 

Dec 22, 2014 11:46 AM #12
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Bill well said ...Christmas is very special and private to me and Diane, we have wonderful memories of spending time with our parents and now it is just the memories.....Endre

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Hi Bill.  You have such wonderful memories.  Continue making new ones.

Dec 22, 2014 08:58 PM #14
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Very heart warming post.  I love the simplicity and of your Christmases past and all of the wonderful memories.  Wishing you many more with your family.

Dec 22, 2014 09:01 PM #15
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Endre, We have to make the memories while we can.

Conrad, Always making new ones and enjoying our time together.

Roger, It's always special to have the chance to spend some time together.  We've often been geographically apart for long stretches. 

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You couldn't have been more right. It's about family. My entry didn't have any lights either. :) 

Dec 24, 2014 04:22 AM #17
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Joni,  And I have returned from what was a too short visit, but our obligations in Ohio didn't allow for Liz and I to do our usual multi-state tour this year :) 

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