Home » American Christmases: Firsthand Accounts of Holiday Happenings from Early Days to Modern Times by Joanne Martell
American Christmases: Firsthand Accounts of Holiday Happenings from Early Days to Modern Times Joanne Martell

American Christmases: Firsthand Accounts of Holiday Happenings from Early Days to Modern Times

Joanne Martell

Published February 25th 2013
ISBN :
Kindle Edition
319 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

From Captain John Smiths description of his visit to a native village in 1608 to Major Carrie Acrees letter from Iraq in 2004, American Christmases offers firsthand impressions of the Christmas season as told in letters, journals, memoirs,MoreFrom Captain John Smiths description of his visit to a native village in 1608 to Major Carrie Acrees letter from Iraq in 2004, American Christmases offers firsthand impressions of the Christmas season as told in letters, journals, memoirs, newspaper articles, poems, songs, and advertisements.Passages from well-known people include Daniel Boone describing his Christmas as an Indian captive in 1769- George Washington begging for congressional assistance for his starving Continental Army troops at Christmas in 1777- F. W. Woolworth conveying how he guessed wrong about the popularity of German Christmas tree ornaments- Helen Keller experiencing her first Christmas with teacher Anne Sullivan in 1887- Edith Wharton writing about a 1905 Christmas party at George Vanderbilts North Carolina estate- and Secret Service agent Edmund Starling telling about President Woodrow Wilsons secret Christmas honeymoon.However, some of the most moving entries come from ordinary people. By reading these 250 entries, youll see how the role of Santa Claus has changed through the centuries, how the Christmas tree became a symbol of the season, and how Americas celebration of Christmas has evolved over 400 years.