A Truly "Green" Christmas Tree

A Truly “Green” Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tree for Christ’s Children. New York: General Protestant Episcopal Sunday School Union and Church Book Society, 1860. 

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This frontispiece depicts children gathered around their newly decorated Christmas tree studying the Bible under the direction of their father. According to the book’s first chapter, the tree is a novelty: it is an orange tree brought into the parlor from the home’s conservatory and decorated with dolls, candy, and wax lights by Mr. & Mrs. Oldham for their children’s delight.  This tree is ecologically “green,” and shows us potted Christmas trees are not at all new.  

Adopted by Marie Lamoureux

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