Tag Archives: Christmas

black Christmas

An editorial 150 years ago today seemed at least somewhat nostalgic for the antebellum South. From The New-York Times December 25, 1867: Christmas at the South The contrast between the Christmas of to-day and the Christmas which was known before … Continue reading

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whose (night) cap?

I have always been thankful for the 19th century investigative report, “A Visit from from St. Nicholas.” First published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel on Dec. 23, 1823, the report was later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore and has become … Continue reading

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devilish plot

Or consider Christmas – could Satan in his most malignant mood have devised a worse combination of graft plus buncombe than the system whereby several hundred million people get a billion or so of gifts for which they have no … Continue reading

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tidings: dreadful … and glad?

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 25, 1865: Christmas. It would seem a remorseless piece of irony to extend to our people the usual greeting of “A Merry Christmas.” In the midst of a land desolated by the iron foot-prints … Continue reading

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a saint for the impecunious

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 23, 1865: The great problem of Christmas, with all who are not afflicted by the general malady of chronic impecuniousness, is what to buy for a Christmas present. The patron saint, Kriss Kringle, St. … Continue reading

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‘vacant chair’ Christmas

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 24, 1864: Saturday morning….December 24, 1864. Christmas. Christmas has come again, and though shorn of some of its old accessories of feasts and frolics, it is Christmas still in all that constitutes its essential … Continue reading

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the ball was up

Emancipation was the word in 1863. The NY Times was pleased to see women skating expertly, not needing to be accompanied by men. From The New-York Times December 24, 1863: Skating on Central Park Lakes and Fifth-avenue and Other Ponds. … Continue reading

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Christmas Thank-offering

Fredericksburg refugees caught between plundering Yankee army of he North and the spirit of extortion in the Southern Yankee businessmen. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 25, 1862: Appeal for Fredericksburg. The citizens of Fredericksburg have been great sufferers by … Continue reading

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Pine Grove Christmas

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in January 1863: The 33d Regiment. A correspondent of the Rochester Union in the 33d regiment, thus writes of a pleasant affair which occurred at Col. TAYLOR’s head quarters on Christmas day: Col. … Continue reading

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At Camp Near Bladensburg

Christmas Festivities: Chasing a pig … and a pigskin? Through the haze of 150 years it’s kind of hard to make everything out. You can read the description at the Library of Congress. There’s information here that Camp Union was … Continue reading

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