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Item 30878

Holiday Gathering, Beemans Corner, Hallowell, ca. 1899

Contributed by: Hubbard Free Library

Date: circa 1899

Location: Hallowell

Media: Photographic print

Item 7441

Freeman family Christmas, Saco, 1909

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1909-12-25

Location: Portland

Media: Photo negative

Item 8565

Susy's Christmas illustration, 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1865

Media: Ink on paper

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Santa relaxing, Augusta, 1980

Evergreens and a Jolly Old Elf

Santa Claus and evergreens have been common December additions to homes, schools, businesses, and other public places to America since the mid nineteenth century. They are two symbols of the Christian holiday of Christmas whose origins are unrelated to the religious meaning of the day.


Home for Thanksgiving, 1898

Giving Thanks

Cultures from the ancient Greeks and Chinese to contemporary societies have set aside time to give thanks, especially for the harvest. In 1941, the United States set a permanent date for the observance.


Portland letter carriers, December 1926

The Public Face of Christmas

Christmas, a Christian holiday observed by many Mainers, has a very public, seasonal face that makes it visible to those of all beliefs.