Christmas on the Prairie - Speaker Sara Jane Richter, Ph. D.

Event Type: All Ages
Age Group(s): All Ages
Date: 12/9/2017
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM
 What did pioneers and cowboys do to celebrate Christmas on the western prairies during the 19th century? They had little resources for everyday living let alone preparing for Christmas. However, the Reason for the Season is always the same, and frontier citizens got creative to decorate for parties, to give gifts, and to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Simple and inexpensive decorations came from rocks, tin cans, twigs, and paper cut-outs; people made gifts, like dolls, aprons, and food, to give to loved ones, neighbors, and relatives on Christmas morning. Communities and churches celebrated with caroling, giving parties, trimming Christmas trees, dancing, re-enacting the Christmas story, and hosting buffets. Everyone attended these events to enjoy the fellowship, support, and blessings that Christmastide makes us cherish and appreciate.
Library: Derby Public Library
Location: Community Room