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Monologue by Linda Powe

Powe, Linda
Collins, Kim
Date of Interview: 
Then and now; Relationships with people and places
Linda Powe talks about Christmas when she was a child.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Kim Collins interviewed Charlotte, NC residents to collect various stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
LP (Linda Powe): My name is Linda Powe. I was born in Aiken County. I am 45 years old and come from a family of 12 children. I always lived on a farm. I grew up with parents that believed in doing the right things and, uh, I come from a large family and there was a lot of love and to this day, we're a close-knit family but growing up, uh, we saw some hard times, like at Christmas time I can remember how the three of us girls would share maybe one toy or one item, because we didn't get separate toys but we somehow ( ) had to share stuff like toys because there was not enough money, so it wasn't like each one of us would individual gifts and um, I can remember on Christmas Eve, my mama always did a lot of baking ( ). Sometimes she would cook anywhere from 15 to 20 cakes, and being just stacked up, different types of cakes and it was all, it was always anybody that came by and if you came by you know, you were always offered something to eat because there was plenty of food like cake, different types of cake nearby and they knew she did a whole lot of baking so you know, so if children, you know, come and visit us duringthe holidays they knew they would get some dessert ( ) and on Christmas Eve, we would always make sure that we got to bed real early up and we'd be so excited and we'd go to bed real early because wanted seven o'clock to come. And what we always had a tradition of, we'd always put out shoe boxes. We would take shoe boxes and we would put them around the Christmas tree andthe Christmas tree was something we had all gone out into the woods and cut down and had not a whole lot of decorations on it but at that time, it was not like ( ) trees and everything today but it was pretty to us and it was you know, we had that traditional Christmas tree lights all the family, we would set out our little shoe boxes, put our shoe boxes around and one thing that we could never understand that I found always ( ) to go shopping they always took me to go shopping ( ) and they'd come back, we were never allowed around the car and we couldn't, couldn't understand it but now we knew that they were the Santa Claus and that's what they were doing because they, I didn't know ( ) where did that come from ( ) the trunk of the car and like I said, we would always pile our shoe boxes out and they would put our candy, our nuts, and apples and oranges and everything in our shoe boxes and we would go to bed real early and we would wake up about five o'clock in the morning and sometimes earlier than that and would peek and say, "Has Santa Claus come yet? Has Santa Claus came yet?" And uh, sometimes, we were little kids then, my dad would say, "You all stay in the bed. I have to make a fire." And ( ) and so we had to get up and make a fire to make sure the house was warm before we could get up, we'd be laying there just anxious to get up and see what Santa Claus brought us. And finally the house got warm and we were able to get up and go open our presents then. But, uh, that was one of the first things that I missed about Christmas and, uh, even like I said, the traditions even with my children, they do it now on Christmas Eve and put their little shoe boxes out and get them out ( ) on Christmas morning.