Christmas in Plains
By: Jimmy Carter
Scholar: Susan D. Minkalis.com
Jimmy Carter, born in 1924 that served the United States as our thirty-ninth President wrote this touching memoir of his boyhood memories of Christmas in Plains, Georgia. Jimmy Carter's memories of Christmas and family simplicity seduce the reader with good old southern style family Christmas stories. He details his boyhood playmates that were mostly black and never understood prejudices society displayed. Holiday recipes are also given in this book that has been part of Carter's feasts. Religion played a big part in the Carter family and his father was a deacon.
As Jimmy Carter grew up he eloquently realizes that Christmas is better to give rather than to receive. He remembers receiving white socks and fruit as a little boy but he was to be grateful he received something. Jimmy discovered a deeper spiritual meaning of Christmas each passing year. Family gatherings are of the utmost importance to him.
The memoir progresses to Carter's time in the Navy with his wife Rosalynn and his baby son. Christmas was hard on Jimmy as he was out to sea and couldn't be with his family. He finally returns to Georgia years later after the Navy only to sit by his father's dying side. What amazed Carter was the diversity of people who came in and out of his house to see his father. All of them acknowledge the same thing, Carter's father made a positive impact on many with his kindness and generosity. The Carter's first Christmas at the White House dismayed the family due to no privacy from the media. Jimmy wanted to make his young daughter Amy have rich memories of family Christmas but couldn't get away from the encroachment of strangers joining in on their festivities.
This report prepared by Susan D. Minkalis