A Literary Christmas Celebration Presents Linda Hargrove

My Christmas Memory
Linda Hargrove

Christmas is a hard time for those who have fallen on hard times, but it doesn’t have to be a sad time. That’s one thing my parents taught me. They didn’t say it with words. They said it with the things we did and the food we ate every year, only on Christmas. There’s power in some traditions, especially the ones that bring family together.

We never had a lot of money. In fact, many years the ladies from the “white” church in town would bring us care packages. It was full of flimsy second-rate things that we rarely used. Instead my mother would give us money, ten or fifteen dollars each, and drive us to the five and dime.

We three girls would compare lists and pinch our pennies so that every body (all five family members) had something special for December 25. Sure, it was just flimsy things (necklaces that turned your neck green and cheap cologne) but it was what we spent time and money on.

Back then, Christmas was about celebrating togetherness through giving of ourselves despite our financial condition. We decorated and baked goodies like everybody else. And like everybody else, we gave of ourselves.


Linda Hargrove blends suspense, humor, and faith into compelling stories about race and class in America. Her published writings include two novels: The Making of Isaac Hunt (June 2007) and Loving Cee Cee Johnson (September 2008).

The former environmental engineer currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband and three sons where she operates 1721 Media, LLC, a graphic design company catering to small and medium sized nonprofits and small businesses. Visit her online at www.LLHargrove.com.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Ty at 1:51 pm

    “necklaces that turned your neck green and cheap cologne” LOL! I know about those items. It’s the love and thoughtfulness behind those special trinkets that make all the difference. That you for sharing Linda!

  2. LaShaunda at 9:36 am

    Those are the best Christmas. When you make the best of what you have instead of going into debt trying to pretend you have more when you don’t.

    Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us.

  3. Linda at 10:37 am

    Thanks for reading my Christmas memory. And Ty, thanks again for doing this. Reading through all these posts helps me get in the holy-day mood.