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Holiday Traditions and Stories From Appalachia

Inside Appalachia

In this Holiday episode of Inside Appalachia West Virginia storyteller Karen Vuranch weaves some folk tales, The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier discusses his children's penchant for eating snow and Roxy Todd of Traveling 219 shares the story of the Christmas Eve 1955 sighting of a mountain lion in Pocahontas County, W.Va.

We also step even further back in time to the days of the Civil War. Dennis Frye, chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park discusses what the holidays were like for soldiers and African Americans. Park Ranger Melinda Day takes us into the general store at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., to hear about popular Christmas gifts of the time.

West Virginia Public Radio's Jessica Lilly visited a cut-your-own tree farm, while The Allegheny Front's Joey Spehar reminisces about the time his family’s gas station business sold cut trees.

And finally, Fred Sauceman from WETS talks eggnog. Here's the recipe:

Eggnog to Eat or Drink 6 eggs at room temperature ¾ cup sugar, divided 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 pint half-and-half or whipping cream Whole milk Half gallon vanilla ice cream Freshly grated nutmeg to taste Rum or bourbon to taste Beat egg yolks with ½ cup sugar.  Add vanilla, half-and-half, and enough milk to make 1 ½ quarts of liquid.  Beat egg whites and ¼ cup sugar until stiff.  Fold egg white mixture into milk mixture and add the ice cream.  Guests can add nutmeg and rum or bourbon to taste.

Cecelia Mason is West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Eastern Panhandle Bureau Chief. Cecelia has worked in the Shepherd University bureau since December 1990 covering a variety of stories throughout the Eastern Panhandle and in Washington D.C. She can also be heard hosting Inside Appalachia.