Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Colorado Holiday Traditions Through the Years

 Post by Doris McCraw writing as Angela Raines


So what do you do to celebrate the holidays? Of course, this year is a bit different, but all traditions morph over the years. 

On December 26, 1866, the Colorado Transcript -from Golden City ( Golden CO) had this memory they shared:


By 1876, the year Colorado became a state, the following was found in 'The Colorado Banner', Boulder, CO in the December 28th issue.


I could not pass up this short piece from the 'Crystal River Current' Crystal, CO. of December 4, 1886





And in 1896 'The West Side Citizen', Colfax, Villa Park, CO on December 25, reported a new tradition from an old in New York.



So as you can see by the examples, Holiday traditions are ever-changing. I admit I miss getting up on Christmas morning to see what 'Santa' had left under the tree, but the joy of spending time with family, friends, or at work, is what the season is about for me. Sharing my life and joys with those I care about, even if we are not in the same physical place. They are always in my heart.

Wishing everyone a blessed, joyous season for you and all those you love and care about. See you in 2021 for more stories, history, and just plain fun.




Doris Gardner-McCraw -

Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in

Colorado and Women's History

Angela Raines - author: Telling Stories Where Love & History Meet








12 comments:

  1. Doris I love these old clippings! You know, I can remember the small town newspapers from the places where I grew up and where my relatives came from that were not "quite" this old, but had some of the same qualities of quaintness and things "you don't see everyday" in them. All those write-ups on the society pages where they went into great description about what the bride wore, what the bridesmaids and groomsmen wore, what kind of cake was served and so on at weddings--when you think about it, that really took some enhanced writing skills to pen a piece that would hold the interest and meet with the jaundiced eye of the society groups that the reporter was trying to impress. I think that kind of writing is probably gone forever, but I sure do love to see these kinds of articles--brings back memories.

    For Christmas, we have our family "get together" on Christmas Eve, since that was when we used to go driving around and look at lights, come home and drink hot chocolate and open a present or two, then go to bed and wait for "Ol' Santa" to come calling. LOL Those days are long gone, here, too, but now we get together and have a good dinner, (and dessert!) and open presents. On Christmas morning now I'm able to sleep as long as the fur babies will allow, and then get up and take it easy.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas this year, and I pray that 2021 will be kinder and gentler to everyone than 2020 has been. Merry Christmas, Doris!

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    1. Thank you Cheryl. I also love the writing and stories from those days gone by. I've called up my great grandmother's name on archives and found things I'd forgotten or never known about her. I oftern wonder what our decendents will have with so many of the stories that were printed are not available for our generations.

      Wishing you a joyful, prosperous and safe Holiday and 2021. It should be a good one, or at least better than the present year. Doris

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  2. Wonderful post. We’re new to the Fictioneers, but we’re loving these. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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    1. Glad you are enjoying the posts. They are a joy for me to research and share. Returned Holiday wishes to you. Doris

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  3. Wonderful reading this collection of Christmas articles. You never disappoint, Doris. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. I do try and I'm glad you enjoy them. Doris

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  4. I love reading old newspapers! Laughing at the clipping denouncing the Christmas card! If I'd seen that I'd have included it in my own post earlier this month!

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    1. Because of your post, I had to include it here. Like you, I love old newspapers. They are the best. Doris

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  5. Doris,
    I'm late to the 'party', but I must tell you these newspaper clippings that you share are absolute gems. Brief as they are, they still give us a glimpse into what life was like for people back then.

    I hope you Christmas holiday was wonderful, and I'll see you in 2021.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Kaye. It has been a quiet and pleasant time. I'm glad that these glimpses to an earlier time are as enjoyable to others as they are to me. I look forward to 2021 and getting together with friends. Doris

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