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Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum
Date: circa 1975
Location: Presque Isle
Contributed by: Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum
Date: circa 1880
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: An individual through Whitefield Historical Society
Date: circa 1910
Christmas, a Christian holiday observed by many Mainers, has a very public, seasonal face that makes it visible to those of all beliefs.
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.
Most societies have had rituals or times set aside to honor ancestors, those who have died and have paved the way for the living. Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is the day Americans have set aside for such remembrances.
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Holiday Events Warmer weather combined with national or local holidays brought islanders together for celebrations.
Holidays were sometimes celebrated by a party during school, study of the history of a certain holiday, or a performance. Gifts were often exchanged.
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