Christmas of today is not always the celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Savior, but has become so commercialized that its true meaning is sometimes lost. It seems that we see displays of the holidays before Halloween, and many people get tired of the “toy craze” and the many hours of “special” deals in the stores.
As we think back to Civil War times, Christmas meant something entirely different to the people of our country. This war had ripped families apart and pitted brother against brother, so the first priority was staying alive. Many did not have food to put on the table; and if they did have anything to eat it was no more than salt pork or cornmeal mixed with water. Coffee, sugar and other staples were not found any more in many parts of the South, so a Christmas meal was very meager.
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