Christmas As I Knew It

Lyrics Shared By: Jennifer

One day near Christmas when I was just a child
Mama called us all together and Mama tried to smile
She said you know the cotton crop hadn't been too good this year
There's just not a lot of spending money and well, at least we're all here
I hope you won't expect a lot of Christmas presents
Just be thankful that there is plenty to eat and we’re all healthy
And that'll make things a little more pleasant
And us kids got to thinking how really blessed we were
At least we were all healthy and best of all we had her
My brother Roy cut down a pig-apple tree and we drug it home Jack and me
Daddy brought home some hickory nuts and Louise made the bread
Reba decorated the tree with popcorn strings before we went to bed
Mama and Daddy sacrificed cause this Christmas was lean
But after all there was the babies, Joanne and Tommy, and babies need a few things
I whittled a whistle for my brother Jack and though we fought now and then
When I gave Jack that whistle he knew I thought the world of him
Mama made the girl's dresses out of flower sacks
And when she ironed them down you couldn't tell that they hadn't come from town
A sharecropper family across the road didn't have it good as us
They didn't even have a light that Christmas night and it was way past dusk
Me and Jack took a jar of coal oil and some peanuts we'd found
And walked over to the sharecropper's porch and set it all down
A poor old ragged lady eased open the door
She picked up the coal oil and hickory nuts and said
I sure do thank you and quickly closed the door
We started back home me and Jack and about halfway we stopped and looked back
And in the sharecropper's window at last there burned a light
So for one of the neighbors and for us it was a good Christmas night
Christmas came and Christmas went, Christmas that year was heaven sent
Then Daddy put on his gumboots and we waited for the thaw
Back home that year in Dyess, Arkansas

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