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VIRTUAL LECTURE: The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England
December 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
with Kenneth C. Turino, Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development, Historic New England
This event is free but registration is required! Sign up here.
This well-illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in 17th Century New England through the beginning of the 21st 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 which we take for granted as part of the current holiday festivities and religious celebrations are actually a product of more recent history. The presentation will look at how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family centered event. Among the topics discussed are how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked, and Santa Claus came to town.
Image Courtesy Lynn Museum, Lynn, MA.
This lecture will take place virtually via GoToWebinar. An access link will be sent when participants register.
Support provided by HSB and Connecticut Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act.
Media Sponsor: Connecticut Public