Christmas in Atlantic Canada: Stories True and False, Past and Present

Christmas in Atlantic Canada: Stories True and False, Past and Present

by David Goss


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New Brunswickers saw their first live Santa, as played by Fredericton confectioner Charles A. Sampson, in December 1872. When Sampson died in 1929 in his ninetieth year, he was described by the local newspaper as “a grand old man.” In the 1880s, the author writes, a tree in a store window would be enough to draw a large crowd, and sometimes special trains were provided to take passengers from one town to the other to see.In Christmas in Atlantic Canada, prolific folklorist David Goss traces the history of the holiday in our region, from its earliest celebration, quite possibly in 1604, to modern times. Using historical records, diaries, and old newspapers, he documents the fascinating narrative of how the occasion has been marked. This book will appeal to history buffs and lovers of all things holiday. Includes 25 images. Features a foreword by Gerry Bowler, author of Santa Claus, A Biography and The World Encyclopedia of Christmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771086875
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Publication date: 03/07/2019
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

David Goss has written over 3,500 articles on New Brunswick topics, and is the author of a dozen books, including Only in New Brunswick, Saint John Curiosities, It Happened in New Brunswick, and West Side Stories. A native of Saint John, Goss has shared the city’s folklore and history via his neighbourhood Walks n’ Talks programs for almost forty years.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Author's Note 4

Christmas as it Developed on the Eastern Seaboard 6

The Tree and Greening 17

How Santa Came to Atlantic Canada 34

Church Activity Remains True to Old-Time Christmas 41

Christmas Games of Yesteryear, Atlantic Style 49

Outdoor Enjoyment at Christmas Long Ago 56

Christmas and the Sea 65

The Merchandising of Christmas 73

Toys, Gifts, and Gifting in the Days of Old 81

Christmas in the Home 94

The Christmas Numbers of Atlantic Canada's Newspapers 102

Christmas Could Have Been Cancelled in Atlantic Canada 113

Acadian Christmas 122

Christmas Ghosts 135

Christmas Snippets 148

Something Unique at Christmas in Each Province 164

Gleanings From Here and There (and a Few of My Own Experiences) 172

Bibliography 199

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