Lillian Smith’s “Memory of A Large Christmas”

Matthew Teutsch
5 min readDec 12, 2020
Life Magazine December 15, 1961

Lillian E. Smith published Memory of Large Christmas in 1962. The book, essentially, is a collection of humorous and memorable anecdotes about the large, bountiful Smith family Christmases. In the back of the book, Smith includes recopies for turkey dressing, pork salad, ambrosia, and more. Today, I want to look at one of the scenes that Smith relates in the book. The scene occurs at the end and involves a…

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