Old Christmas At Sycamore Shoals
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Old Christmas At Sycamore Shoals


BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO TAKE DOWN THOSE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS HOLD ON AGAIN, OLD CHRISTMAS IS ON HIS WAY THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT SYCAMORE SHOALS. CHAD BOGART IS HERE TO SHARE THIS OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS WITH US. HAPPY NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS. I CAN GIVE YOU SOME MISTLETOE HERE. LET’S TALK ABOUT OLD CHRISTMAS. I HAVE HER OLDER FOLKS AROUND THE REGION TALK ABOUT IT. IT WAS A HOLIDAY CELEBRATED BACK YEARS AGO. IT COINCIDES WITH THE EPIPHANY, THE TRADITIONAL THEY THAT THE WISEMEN DID TO THE CHRIST CHILD. IT IS THE LAST OF THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS. BACK ONE CALL GREGORY HAD THE TIME CHANGE, ALL THE PROTESTANTS WERE MAD BECAUSE THEY WERE 11 DAYS TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR LIVES. THEY CELEBRATED BOTH HOLIDAYS, JANUARY 25 THIS CHRISTMAS, JANUARY 6 IS THE OLD CHRISTMAS, WHICH WOULD HAVE FALLEN IN LINE WITH THE OLD CALENDAR. IT IS KIND OF CONFUSING, BUT WHY NOT? THERE IS A SONG ABOUT IT. WHY NOT? AS THE COMMERCIALS, HOW ARE Y’ALL CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS? THE 12th DAY OF CHRISTMAS WAS A HUGE HOLIDAY IN GREAT BRITAIN AND THE AMERICAN COLONIES. THAT IS THE TIMEFRAME WE LOVE TO REPRESENT. WE HAVE FIVE CABINS INSIDE THE COMPOUND, EACH CABIN WILL BE SET UP AS A DIFFERENT CULTURE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FRONTIER DURING THE COLONIAL PERIOD. ALSO, WE ARE DOING SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR, WE ARE OPENING THE CARTER MANSION WHICH IS PART OF THE PARK AS WELL FOR TOURS THAT DAY AND WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT OLD CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS THERE AS WELL. WHAT ARE SOME OF THESE OTHER ITEMS? IF YOU COME TO THE CARTER MANSION, WE WILL MAINLY FOCUS ON THE ENGLISH TRADITIONS. THEY WILL HAVE PUNCH, WE WILL CALL IT FOUR-MAN PUNCH. HIDDEN INSIDE OF THE PUNCH BOWL WILL BE THREE ITEMS, A RING, A BUTTON, AND A COIN. IF YOU GOT ONE OF THOSE ITEMS IN YOUR CUP THAT WILL FORETELL YOUR FUTURE FOR THE NEW YEAR. THAT ARE SOME OF THE TRADITIONS. I HAVE NEVER HEARD THAT BEFORE. I DON’T THINK FOLKS WOULD ALLOW THAT THESE DAYS WITH ALL THE HEALTH REGULATIONS. IT IS SUCH A DIFFERENT TRADITION. A LOT OF OLDER FOLKS AROUND OUR AREA STILL HOLD ONTO THAT. THAT FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY THEY ARE RECALLING THEIR HERITAGE. I CAN REMEMBER MY GRANDMOTHER WHEN I WAS A SMALL CHILD SAY YOU BETTER NOT WASH CLOTHES ON OLD CHRISTMAS, THAT IS BAD LUCK. I WOULD SAY WHAT IS OH CHRISTMAS? AND SHE WAS A DON’T KNOW, IT IS SOMETHING WE ALWAYS DID. IT IS JUST SOMETHING THAT WE WANT TO REKINDLE. I LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE ENGLISH, THE IRISH, EVERYBODY THAT CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS REGION EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. AMERICA IS A MELTING POT AND THE APPALACHIAN REGION IS A MICROCOSM OF THAT. SO MANY CAME TOGETHER AND THIS IS A SMALL PART OF IT. ALWAYS A PLEASURE. I LEARN SOMETHING EVERY TIME YOU COME HERE. IT IS OH CHRISTMAS AT SYCAMORE SHOALS. THEY ARE HAVING A MILITIA

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