December 2009

A North Carolina Christmas — 8 families remember the simple joys of seasons past


Heaven’s Song by David Arcus

In the spirit of Christmas and its inspiring sounds, we take an intimate look at the organs of Duke University.


Christmas Past

Five stories of Christmas in North Carolina reassure us that, although traditions may shift, family, faith, and festivities will always color our fondest memories.

A Tale of Two Wagons by Chip Womick

A Lifetime of Christmases by Maria Johnson

Two Centuries of Christmas by Tommy Hays

Christmas and Cotton in Charlotte, 1934 by Laurie Prince

December Days on the Outer Banks by Lynn Salsi


Retreat for All Seasons by Bob Garner

Highland Lake Inn, with a 26-acre campus in Flat Rock that includes the elegant Season’s restaurant, offers an ideal getaway for the holidays — or any other time of year.

Trail of Trust by Jeri Rowe

How a self-reliant blind hiker learned to lean on others during a six-month journey along the Appalachian Trail.


Welcome to Our State

A Return to Christmas by Elizabeth Hudson

Our State Quiz

Christmas Celebrations by Alan Hodge

Christmas in North Carolina brings a bevy of exciting holiday celebrations. Get in the yuletide spirit with this month’s quiz on Tar Heel Christmas events.

Tar Heel Treasures

Symbols of Faith by Chris Gigley

A pair of beautiful artifacts offers insight into early High Point’s thriving black community.

Tar Heel Literature

Book Reviews
Long Story Short: Flash Fiction by Sixty-Five of North Carolina’s Finest Writers.
Edited by Marianne Gingher.
Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham
by Brett Friedlander and Robert Reising
Christmas Cake by Lynne Hinton
The Nine Pound Hammer: Book 1 of the Clockwork Dark by John Claude Bemis
Abigail Ann and the Santa Claus Plan by Guy and Nancy Walker
The Picture Man by Julia Taylor Ebel

Flashes of Fiction by Leah Hughes

A master of time management, author Marianne Gingher gives readers bite-size pieces of fiction from some of North Carolina’s finest writers in a unique anthology.

Unforgettable Ballad by Charles Dickson

One of the nation’s most beloved Christmas carols sprang from North Carolina’s Appalachian heritage.

Tar Heel Humor
Season’s Greetings by Daniel Wallace

Tar Heel Towns

Davidson by Mark Derewicz

The tight-knit town north of Charlotte successfully blends hip and historic with community.

Tar Heel History

Christmas, Old and New

Celebrating two Christmases is a longstanding tradition in Rodanthe on northern Hatteras Island.

Tar Heel People

The Old-Hand Way by Jimmy Tomlin

With a can-do attitude and decades of woodworking projects behind him, Henry Kendall of Greensboro takes on a new project — Noah’s Ark.

Carolina Artist

In Character by Stephanie Burt

From her grandmother’s sewing room to the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Courtney Burt Scott turns a love of sewing into creative costumes that bring performers to life before young audiences.

Tar Heel Gardening

The Christmas Tree After Christmas by L.A. Jackson

Make the holidays last all year with these clever ways to reuse your evergreen.

Tar Heel Tastes

Buttermints by Debbie Moose

Once you try a hand-pulled buttermint that has sweetly softened over time, there is no going back to Brach’s.

Carolina Kitchen

Holiday Favorites by Charlotte Fekete

Three recipes reach far back into Southern history to help us celebrate the season.

Tar Heel Images

Winter Morning by Joe Tello of Hillsborough

Sunrise on the newly fallen snow gives a lavender glow to a field north of Hillsborough.

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