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Christmas Tradition Revived At Silvermont

Picturing The Past


Last updated 12/2/2019 at 3:45pm

The Rosman home of Joseph and Elizabeth Silversteen was a gathering place for the community at Christmas in the early 1900s. (Courtesy photos)

In the early 1900s, Mr. and Mrs. Silversteen opened their Rosman home each year for all to see the tree and share the spirit of the Christmas season. Unlike today, many families did not have a Christmas tree in their home but rather enjoyed community festivities like this one offered by the Silversteens. Trees and decorations were only displayed for a few days, so the celebration was held on or near Christmas Day.

A 1908 description of the Silversteen event states, the tree was beautifully trimmed and surrounded by miniature toy animals. A little green and red picket fence completed the sc...

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