Note: This story has been reported in newspapers since the 1930s, and is all over the internet including the History.com but the Alabama Department of Archives and History has not found any evidence that it is true. What do you think?
Merry Christmas from Alabama Pioneers!
The popularity of Christmas was spurred on in 1820 by Washington Irving’s book The Keeping of Christmas at Bracebridge Hall. Then in 1834, Britain’s Queen Victoria brought her German husband, Prince Albert, into Windsor Castle, introducing the tradition of the Christmas tree and carols that were held in Europe to the British Empire.
A week before Christmas in 1834, Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol (in which he wrote that Scrooge required Cratchit to work, and that the US Congress met on Christmas Day). It was so popular that neither the churches nor the governments could ignore the importance of Christmas celebrations and so in 1836, Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday.
Many Christmas parades take place in cities throughout Alabama every year. Below are some photographs of parades from our past.
Paul Harvey riding in a convertible, as the grand marshal of a Christmas parade in downtown Russellville, Alabama. December 1975
WCOV-TV float in the Christmas parade on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama December 1967Alabama National Bank float in the Christmas parade on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama December 1967
Float in the Christmas parade in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, on Bainbridge Street in front of the Capitol. November 24, 1962
Books make great Christmas gifts – Check out these by Alabama Author Donna R Causey
Bestselling novel RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love Book 1) is the story of a first family in colonial America who fled to America to escape religious persecution, and eventually migrated to Alabama before it became a state –