Christmas in Ward, West Virginia

I can only imagine what Christmas must have been like at Ward, WV.  I was not there and have only the stories of grandparents, aunts, uncles and people who comment here on this blog  to kindle my imagination. I believe it was a special time.  It was such a close-knit community, I know this because of how many still seek out the reunions and come here to my blog to remember it.

It feels especially close now because so many are struggling in tough economic times, it has to be similar to the experiences some of our kin would have had living in Ward in 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.  All I have is a nice photo, reproduced in one of the Ward Community Reunion Books, contributed by a resident.

My mother talks about her childhood fairly often and tells a story about someone being dressed up like Santa Claus and peeking in the window, scaring her and her brother nearly to death.  Other stories are about all the food and large get-togethers, and angel hair on Christmas trees.

I mentioned angel hair to one of my kids one day and they didn’t have the first idea what I was talking about and they also didn’t know about icicles – geez, I’m not that old and it hasn’t been that long since we put icicles on trees.  Come to think of it, I’m not sure whether they still sell them, anyone know?  I spent about two hours searching for a picture I know I have of my grandparents’ Christmas tree when I was about 7 or 8.  I know it showed a tree with angel hair on it, but I can’t for the life of me find it.  I tried Googling for a picture of it- can you believe it? not one picture???  I know they have it on the tree in the movie A Christmas Story.

Anyway, if you have special memories of Ward, WV or any similar little close-knit communities that are gone now, please share them in the comments or hop on over to the Facebook page and share them there.  I would love to read them and am sure other visitors would like them too!