A Christmas Card from Gracie

When Gracie Loessin Taylor was growing up in the 1930s, times were tough, but she says whatever they had was always enough

Stories I’ve Been Told

Every December, 92-year-old Gracie Loessin Taylor of Fayette County’s O’Quinn community can’t help but recall the low-key Christmas celebrations of her childhood.

“Daddy would take an ax and go out to the woods to cut down a cedar tree, and of course, we kids tagged along. Daddy made a stand using some old boards and our Christmas tree was set up in our big old, two-story, drafty house on Mach Road that had no drywall or insulation. He wouldn’t let us help him clip the little tin candleholders on the branches, but we helped put on the green and red rope that we saved from year to year. We’d sometimes make popcorn and string it too, I seem to remember,” Gracie says.

“It wasn’t the prettiest or the most perfect tree, but it was beautiful to us, especially when Daddy lit the little wax candles. Since our tree was a cedar, he didn’t let them burn long, or the whole house might have gone up in smoke along with the tree. If there were presents, they wouldn’t have been much because we had no money and neither did anyone else we knew. That was during the 1930s, the Depression years, back when nothing that could possibly be reused was ever thrown away. In those days, Christmas was about going to church to celebrate the birth of Jesus.”



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