WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library recently hosted a virtual lecture entitled “The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England” with Historic New England’s Ken Turino, Manager of Community Partnerships & Resource Development.
This well-illustrated lecture traced 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. Many 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 looked at how Christmas transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family centered event. Among the topics discussed were how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked, and Santa Clause came to town.
Watch the 1-hour lecture, courtesy of the library’s YouTube channel, below:
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