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MONDAY MUSINGS: [Old Christmas tree prints] and historic facts about Christmas celebrations

Have you put up a Christmas Tree? Christmas trees appeared in Germany about 1600 and a few might have been found among German settlers in Philadelphia or New York. However the first known American tree is after the period. Easter was more important than Christmas to the Puritans because it celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus, while Christmas was an unavoidable biological necessity.

Print shows Uncle Sam and Columbia taking Christmas presents off a Christmas tree and distributing them to Native children labeled “Hawaii, Samoa, Puerto Rico, Cuba, [and] Philippine”.  Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann, 1899 December 27.(from Library of Congress)Christmas tree Uncle Sam and phillipines

Print shows a large Christmas tree decorated with ornaments labeled with political offices and presidential appointments; Thomas C. Platt and Matthew S. Quay, who is dressed as a woman, are standing in front of the tree and in queues on both sides are diminutive figures anxiously awaiting their presents, among them are, from r. to l., Jerry Simpson, Joseph B. Foraker, William E. Chandler, William McKinley, Whitelaw Reid, Thomas B. Reed, Levi P. Morton, Benjamin Harrison, William B. Allison, George F. Hoar, John Sherman, Chauncey M. Depew, and Robert T. Lincoln by artist Dalrymple. N.Y. : Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann, 1895 December 25 (from Library of Congress)

Christmas - Republican Tree 1895 library of congress


Below is the title page and front is of “The Stranger’s Gift”, Boston, 1836 (Hermann Bokum, ed.): front is, showing children around tree lighted with candles on table full of toys; titled “Christmas Eve (from Library of Congress)Christmas tree 1836 strangers gift library of congress

Kris Kringles Christmas Tree 1845 from Library of Congress

kris kringles Christmas Tree 1845 from Library of Congress

 Family around Christmas tree, depicted in an oval with border showing winter scenes and the fruits and animals of a bountiful harvest. Christmas tree Windsor Castle 1848 drawn by J. L. Williams (from Library of Congress)

Christmas tree at Windsor Castle 1848 library of Congress

Two men cutting evergreen trees; one person carrying a tree; man kneeling alongside woman who is making wreaths.1858 (from Library of Congress)

Two men cutting evergreen trees; one person carrying a tree; man kneeling alongside woman who is making wreaths.1858 loc

Celebratory firing of guns at Christmas has evolved into our New Year’s Eve firecrackers. (From The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Colonial America by Dale Taylor)*



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