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NEW ENGLAND HOLIDAY TRADITIONS LECTURE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 @ 2PM

AT THE DEDHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Kenneth C. Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England presents a lecture on the “Spirit of Christmas Past”on Saturday, November 20 at 2 pm at the Dedham Historical Society, 612 High Street, Dedham. DHS members free; Non-Members $5.

 This well illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in 17th Century New England through the beginning of the 20th Century when all the trappings of a traditional Christmas were in place. For many, the celebration of Christmas today is the most important holiday of the year.  But many of the customs which we take for granted as part of traditional holiday festivities and religious celebrations are actually a product of more recent history. Turino looks at how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family centered event. Among the topics discussed are how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked, and Santa Claus came to town.

For more information, contact the Dedham Historical Society, 781-326-1385