Living History Talk: Dashing Through the Snow: The Real History of Christmas in New England
December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street
We all have formed in our minds a picture of a perfect early New England Christmas. This image might include families decorating an evergreen tree, bedecking their houses with garlands, attending church services, giving gifts, and Santa Claus. It is amazing how many of us have these elements in our mental image of this festive time of the year. The reality of Christmas in early New England may be disappointing to some and unbelievable to many, but the historical actuality of the celebration of Christmas, or lack thereof, is an interesting tale and one that blends the heritage and spirit of many cultures and many lands. The presentation is approximately 45 minutes followed by a 15-minute question and answer period all totaling a one-hour program in duration.
The admission is free, but we welcome donations to support the Museum’s cultural and educational virtual programming during the COVID-19 crisis.