Four Centuries of Christmas in New England (Virtual)

Wednesday December 1

5:30 PM  –  6:30 PM

This 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. Many of the customs which we take for granted as part of the current celebrations are actually a product of more recent history.  This program will look at how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration into a family centered event.  Among the topics discussed are how the Christmas Tree became popular, halls were decked, and how Santa Clause came to town.