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Picturing The Past: Growing, Decorating Christmas Trees Provided Cash, Fun

 

December 4, 2017

Courtesy Photo

This undated photo shows children at a Baptist church Christmas program. Contact the Local History Room staff at the library if you can identify any of the children.

The modern Christmas tree, which found its way to the United States with German immigrants in the early 1800s, dates from 16th century Germany.

By 1900, one in five American families decorated trees during Christmas. An article on the front page of the Dec. 1, 1905 Sylvan Valley News advises setting the tree in place the day before it is to be used. Strings of popcorn and popcorn balls should also be prepared a day ahead as well. On the day of the Christmas party, everyone joined in to put on decorations, including tiny twinkling bells, golden stars, shiny tinsel and gleaming candles....



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