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Forsyth Chapel - Forest Hills Cemetery

95 Forest Hills Avenue

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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FHET welcomes author and historian Anthony Sammarco
for a Sunday afternoon lecture in the Forsyth Chapel


Christmas Traditions In Boston


In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony banned by law the celebration of Christmas as it was deemed to be a time of seasonal excess with no Biblical authority. Though this law was repealed in 1681, it would not be until 1856 that Christmas Day became a state holiday in Massachusetts.

Anthony Sammarco outlines the celebration (or lack thereof) of Christmas in the first two centuries after the city was settled in 1630. By the mid-19th century a German immigrant named Charles Follen introduced the Christmas tree to Boston, and shortly thereafter Louis Prang (who is interred at Forest Hills) introduced his colorful Christmas cards, the first in Boston. During the next century, Boston would see caroling and hand bell ringing on Beacon Hill, a Nativity scene and other traditional New England displays on Boston Common and in the many department stores. What could have been better after a day visiting with Santa (C. Kelton Upham was Santa at Filene's and is buried at Forest Hills) and seeing the lights on Boston Common than to enjoy a hot fudge sundae at Bailey’s?

Sammarco's book, Christmas Traditions in Boston, revisits the memories of the past and brings together the shared traditions of how Bostonians have celebrated the holiday season.



FAQs

- What are the transportation/parking options?

Visit the FHC website at
www.foresthillscemetery.com/hours-directions
for best directions.
Free parking is available on Forest Hills Avenue.
Easily accessible from the Forest Hills Orange Line
T station by a short walk up Tower Street.

- Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Helpful, but not required.
We can check your name off the registration list
at the beginning of the lecture.

- How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please call 617-524-0128 or
email inquiries@foresthillscemetery.com

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