Christmas and Boxing Day


We plus daughter Stephanie cooked Christmas dinner for ten at Julee’s home in Newport, TN (not the home of the Jazz Festival).  We roasted beef rib, Jule did a turkey, and together we prepared sides of green beans with bacon, garlicky potatoes, cranberry relish, velvet cake, pecan pie, and six bottles of Cristalino Spanish champagne.   Absence of tips notwithstanding, we think our guests enjoyed the repast.


Wreckage of Christmas Chow: Pancake Smells the Roast
Wreckage of Christmas Chow: Pancake Smells the Roast

We discussed my high school classmates who now star on Duck Dynasty, and how A&E should have known they were playing with fire airing a redneck reality show.  Phil had it right, from a southern 60’s white kid’s point of view:  we didn’t see black people being abused.  We just saw life the way it always had been.  Water fountains and restrooms in the biggest retailers were labeled “White” and “Colored”.  Blacks rode on the back of the bus.  Neither Phil, Silas, nor I ever spent a day in our first twelve years of school with a negro child.  “Negro” was the color term of choice in that day, and was considered respectful.


A&E will eat fried crow and reinstate Phil once the smoke clears.  Duck Dynasty is A&E’s most profitable show, and with an estimated $80 million profits to date on their line of clothing (Oy, so much for camouflage?), the Robertsons have enough money to duck hunt longer than their unborn great grandkids will be able to see those birds.  As I write this, word is out that the rest of the family has closed ranks behind Phil and is prepared to discontinue the show.  Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, is in their camp, along with Miss Sarah Palin.  The 1st Amendment cuts both ways.


The day after Christmas Julee’s friend Jen invited us to her place for an afternoon in the mountains of Tennessee, complete with “light hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments”.  What a spread it was!  I loved the pumpernickel, prosciutto, and cucumber sammidges.  Jerry made some walnut and powdered sugar cookies (your mom and mine baked them with pecans).  There were assorted crackers and three excellent cheeses.  And there were nuts, chocolates, three kinds of sweet jellies, jalapeno olives, plus Cristalino punch, bourbon, and jolly good Scotch.


Jerry Jule Jen & Disney
Jerry Jule Jen & Disney

And what a view!  When it’s warmer they sit on the deck and watch the sun set.  Their dogs run in the woods but have the sense to come home when they get tired.  Jen & Jerry’s place is truly a mountain home done right.


Dog's Eye View
Dog’s Eye View
Standing Human's View
Standing Human’s View

If you’ve ever wondered about the British/Canadian custom of Boxing Day, Jen (who was reared in Britain), explained it to us.  It seems the lords and ladies of the manor package up the leftovers from their Christmas feast and pass them out to nearby villagers and employees on December 26.  The foodstuffs, and maybe some re-giftings, go into boxes.  Hence, Boxing Day.

Spring House Sunset on the Way Home
Spring House Sunset on the Way Home

2 thoughts on “Christmas and Boxing Day

  1. Yay! More pictures. 😀

    It’s always fun to see more of Julee’s home, and love that Julee is actually in one of the pics this time (at Jen and Jerry’s).

    Stunning views at Jen and Jerry’s place.

    That is some sumptuous feasting that went on, and it sounds like a delightful time was had by all.

    Looks like even the puppies got in on the fun.

    Having spent many of my formative years in New Orleans, and other places South, I do get what you are saying, up to a point.

    Though I’m not black, as a child my outlook was different, as I did see the suffering, abuse, and more that went on.

    In any case, we are not children now, and there is never any excuse for Phil’s behavior.

    Yep, just as A&E did with the _Dog The Bounty Hunter_ show (for a time), they will ignore the racism in lieu of the $$$$.

    Yep. No questioning about the First Amendment. To have it, we take the “good with the bad.”

    It’s sad that this is the case here, as so many young minds will be influenced by this show, and others like it.

    On a lighter note, it’s been fun to read about your lovely Tennessee holiday, and enjoy the pictures.

    Can’t wait to see what awaits you three next out on/in Life on the Blue Highways. 😀

    Happy Holidays and A Merry New Year to All.


    P.S. Thanks, too, for the clarification about Boxing Day.


    1. We grew up in the country, and there people get to know people, and still did in the 60’s. There’s no anonymity as in large cities, and perhaps for that reason the races were civil and often friendly, if still separate and unequal. Obvious mistreatment or not, there’s no reason to glorify those times. And Phil, the blues was invented because the people who came up with the music felt exactly that way.

      Happy New Year, K.D.


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