Christmas in Pennsylvania

Christmas in Pennsylvania

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Originally published in 1959 and written by one of the seminal figures in American folklife studies, this classic work examines the folk origins of Christmas in the Keystone State. Composed of inter views and contemporary newspaper reports, it records holiday tra ditions from the eighteenth century through the early twentieth century, including mummers, Christ-Kindel and Kriss Kringle, Christmas trees and trimming, Belsnickels, the Philadelphia carnival of horns, Moravian pyramids and putzes, Pittsburgh firecracker celebrations, and holiday treats. Now with full-color images, this edition includes Don Yoder's new expanded afterword on recent research of Christmas customs and a selection of traditional recipes.The Moravian of December 20, 1893: a€œnuts wrapped in tinfoil or gilt paper.a€ Oranges The Lewisburg Home Gazette of December 24, 1857, mentions oranges as decorating a Christmas tree. ... The first thing that attracts the attention (for the children always look to the top) is a number of oranges hung out in tempting array. ... on oyster shells and crayonizing crabs has come the fashion of utilizing of recent inventive art to make Christmas trees prettier than they have ever been before.

Title:Christmas in Pennsylvania
Author:Alfred Lewis Shoemaker
Publisher:Stackpole Books - 2014-05-14


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