Cherokee Elder Steve Downing Christmas
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Cherokee Elder Steve Downing Jr. tells us stories about Christmas when he was a kid.

Video: Cherokee Elders Share Childhood Christmas Stories

ICTMN Staff
12/25/14

Cherokee Elders Steve Downing Jr. and Rufus King share some stories of what Christmas was like when they were growing up.

Downing tells a story of finding a Christmas gift before he was supposed to, but he also says: “We never got much because there wasn’t much to be had.”

King shares how he would enjoy candies and treats on Christmas and sometimes get a toy gun from someone.

He remembers hearing about Santa Claus and hanging stockings, “our house wasn’t like that though.”

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