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Christmas

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, J.R. Poinsett, imported (what became) the poinsettia for Christmas in 1828

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Christmas in America

Christmas in America

Santas sleigh, reindeer, etc. came from 2 published works in 1822 and 1863-1886

1822 The Night Before Christmas

1863-1886 magazine published pictures of Santas workshop, Santa reading letters, Santa checking his list, etc.

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Christmas in America

Christmas in America

Started to become popular in 1860s, and by 1874 Macys in New York developed Christmas theme window displays

Tree decorations became common in 1880 when Woolworths began to sell manufactured ornaments

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Christmas

Christmas

Outdoor White House tree tradition started in 1923 with President Coolidge

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Christmas in America

Christmas in America

Two most popular secular songs at Christmas are:

Bing Crosbys White Christmas (1942)

Gene Autrys Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer (1949)

Based upon the Montgomery Wards booklet of the same named given away free in 1939 written by a father attempting to cheer up a sad daughter grieving over a dieing mother

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Christmas

Christmas

Theres something to celebrate for everybody:

Great traditions incorporating aspects from many countries

Significant religious events

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