The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England

Wednesday, December 96:30—7:30 PMOnlineMain Library28 Arlington Street, Dracut, MA, 01826

Amazingly, Christmas has not always been the stellar holiday that we know it as today! 

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.  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.  

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 Santa Clause came to town.

Registration is Required!  You will receive a Zoom link to the program by return email after you register.

Registration Opens on November 9th.

Our Presenter:

Kenneth C. Turino, Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England, has published several articles on the history of Christmas and has a book in development.  He speaks on thee topic widely.

This program is sponsored by The Friends of The Dracut Library.

Capacity: 94 of 98 spaces available.

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