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Christmas on the prairie

Author: Joan Anderson; George Ancona
Publisher: New York : Clairon Books, [1985]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Recreates Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in 1836 in the fictional village of Prairietown, Indiana, to show how the holiday was celebrated in a typical frontier community.
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Anderson; George Ancona
ISBN: 0899193072 9780899193076
OCLC Number: 11755836
Description: 47 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Responsibility: by Joan Anderson ; photographed by George Ancona.

Abstract:

Recreates Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in 1836 in the fictional village of Prairietown, Indiana, to show how the holiday was celebrated in a typical frontier community.

The Curtis family has recently moved to Prairietown from a thriving village in New York State. The four Curtis children, especially Thomas, are determined that Christmas will be just as wonderful as it was back East. But how can it be? So many ingredients of the family's traditional Christmas customs are missing on the frontier. For many pioneers in 1836, Christmas was just another workday, not a joyful holiday. But new settlers like the Curtis family enlivened many pioneer town and changed its ways of celebrating. In a sense, what we know today as the American Christmas first took root way out on the prairie. In their striking companion to The First Thanksgiving Feast, Joan Anderson and George Ancona recreate a favorite time in our history--the settling of the western frontier. This handsome book was photographed at the living history museum called Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement near Noblesville, Indiana -- Book jacket.

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