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The woman and children posed hanging stockings in front of this 19th century fireplace were performing a holiday ritual that would have been unfamiliar to most early New Englanders. The Puritans purged Christmas from their calendar because they believed the holiday had no scriptural basis and in reaction to its often rough and unruly celebration in England. Observing Christmas Day only gradually made its way into New England, and with it came embellishments from other cultures, including Santa Claus and the hanging of stockings.


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"Hanging Stockings"

photographer   Frances and Mary Allen
date   1904
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
width   6.25"
height   8.12"
process/materials   platinum print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.14.0326.01-.02

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