Christmas History

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Christmas in Colonial America

By Nicole Harms What was a new father to do? Recently married to a wealthy widow, George Washington had an ambitious shopping list for his new step-children that Christmas of 1759. He wanted to...

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The Year Santa Was Nearly Banned

“This year your Government requests ‘Useful Giving and Early Buying,’ ” a Nov. 30, 1918 Los Angeles Times ad for H. Jevne’s grocery store tells shoppers. “Time is short. Get Jevne’s book of useful...

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Christmas Trees of New York

Some historians and media outlets would have you believe that Christmas in New York City never really got going until the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree took center stage every holiday season beginning in the...

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History of Christmas Catalogues

The industrial revolution brought an explosion of new products in mass quantities to market. The ability of mass media – in the form of print, radio or telegram – to get the word out...

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Christmas at Sea

When thinking of Christmas and the sea one immediately turns to the traditional carol “I Saw Three Ships”. The song, repeatedly made popular by interpretations in modern recording ranging from Sting to Amy Grant...