Old Tyme Christmas in New Brunswick (Images of America Series)by David Goss
Many Christmas traditions now considered commonplace were created during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and were spread throughout even the most far-off of Britain's colonies during the Victorian era. In this remarkable new photographic history, author David Goss explores the migration of the Victorian Christmas tradition to New Brunswick, and studies its evolution over the years.
Many aspects of the Victorian Christmas are embraced today by celebrants all over the world: the decorated Christmas tree, the sending of Christmas cards, the exchanging of gifts, Santa's visit, and the turkey dinner feast are popular almost everywhere the holiday is celebrated. Some lesser-known Victorian traditions still prevail in certain families, such as the staging of nativity pageants, caroling, skating, and enjoying Christmas games, stories, and food passed down from ancestors. Through the presentation of photographs and remembrances collected from longtime New Brunswickers, Old Tyme Christmas in New Brunswick reminds families of customs common within the province that they may never have known and may want to try.
Author David Goss is a member of the Saint John Preservation Review Board and a columnist for the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal. He has been cited for his outstanding service to the city of his birth, and is active in his church, working to preserve the Christian tradition through youth and adult activities. In 1995, Goss worked with Fred Miller to create Saint John West and Its Neighbors, and the two are currently working on a sequel due out in 1998. Together, these books will certainly prove valuable as windows to New Brunswick's past for generations to come.
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