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Four Centuries of Christmas in New England

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
  • Time: 4:30 - 5;30 p.m.
  • Venue/Address: Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center
  • Location: 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Main 03908
  • Handicap Accessible: No
  • Parking: Yes
  • Phone: (207)384-2454
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This popular illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in seventeenth-century New England through the beginning of the twentieth century, when all the trappings of a traditional Christmas were in place. For many, the celebration of Christmas today is the most important holiday of the year. But many of the customs that we take for granted as part of current holiday festivities and religious celebrations are actually a product of more recent history. Kenneth C. Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions at Historic New England, looks at how Christmas transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family-centered event. Learn how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked, and Santa Claus came to town. Join us for holiday treats after the program. Families are welcome. $5.
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