Saturday, December 19, 2015

Civil War Christmas Traditions


Seasons Greetings!

I hope you enjoy the holidays with your friends and family. 

It is only appropriate that we consider the Christmas traditions that began in the Civil War. The Museum of the Confederacy hosted a program presented by the Catherine Wright, the Collections Manager of the museum, on Civil War Christmas Traditions.

HistoryNet posted an article on Christmas in the Civil War that appeared in a 1998 Civil War Times feature. 

The Christmas carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is based on the 1863 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The song tells of the narrator's despair, upon hearing Christmas bells, that "hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men". The carol concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among men.

With 2016 only days away, it's a good time to purchase your Civil War calendar. Amazon offers a number of versions. 

By now you are hungry and might want to put on your Civil War apron and start mixing up a batch of Confederate Shortbread, Johnny Cakes, Washington Pie, or Gingerbread. TotalGettysburg has the recipes on their web page.

After your snack, you turn on the computer to play Sid Meir's Gettysburg rated the top Civil War game by GamersDecide. This is one of my favorites. 

To keep you awake during your marathon gaming, you could try an authentic Civil War beverage such as coffee (North), coffee (South - chicory), or tea. 

Regardless of how you enjoy this time of year, we wish you a very wonderful season with your family and friends and a healthy and happy New Year.

Allen H. Mesch

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