Christmas in Pennsylvania - Alfred L. Shoemaker

Christmas in Pennsylvania

Alfred L. Shoemaker

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This 50th Anniversary Edition examines the folk origins of Christmas in the Keystone State. Composed 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 Philadelphia carnival of horns, Moravian pyramids and putzes, Pittsburgh firecracker celebrations, and holiday treats. Now with full-color images, this edition includes Don Yoder's new expanded afterword on recent research of Christmas customs and a selection of traditional recipes. (212pp. color illus. index. hardcover. Stackpole Books, 2009.)