Christmas Traditions

Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire!

It wasn’t until the early 19th century that Christmas traditions even slightly resembled today’s holiday celebration!

In 1860, famous cartoonist and illustrator, Thomas Nast, drew a magazine cover for Harper’s Weekly—in a now popular depiction of how we envision Santa Claus!

And another popular contribution to Christmas tradition from the 19th century is unquestionably from Charles Dickens.

A Christmas Carol, was an immediate best-seller in 1843—his character of Ebenezer Scrooge made a lasting statement on greed to Victorian England, and a book that has never been out of print!

Perhaps lesser known is Dickens’, “The Life of Our Lord,” written for his children. As each left home, he gave them a copy of the New Testament. “Because,” he said, “it is the best book that ever was or will be known in the world.”

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