Westmoreland County Historical Society

Christmas in Pennsylvania by Alfred L. Shoemaker

Christmas in Pennsylvania by Alfred L. Shoemaker

 

Originally published in 1959 and written by one of the seminal figures in American folklife studies, this classic work examines the folk origins of Christmas in the Keystone State. Comprised of interviews and contemporary newspaper reports, it records holiday traditions from the eighteenth century through the early twentieth century, including mummers, Christ-Kindel and Kriss Kringle, Christmas trees and trimming, Belsnickels, the Philadephia carnival of horns, Moravian pyramids and putzes, Pittsburgh firecracker celebrations, and holiday treats. Now with full-color images, this edition features Don Yoder's new expanded afterword on recent research of Christmas customs and a selection of traditional recipes. 

 
 
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