Item 14 - Fröhliche Weihnachten, Martin Luther!

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Martin Luther!

“Luther Amidst his Family at Witttenberg on Christmas Eve, 1536” in The Wheat-sheaf, of Gleanings for the Wayside and the Fireside. Philadelphia: Willis Hazard, 1853.

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Based on a German painting  by an artist who created a whole series of paintings based on the life of Martin Luther, this image of the family gathered around a candle-lit Christmas tree appeared in a Philadelphia gift book accompanying a poem that showcases the popular myth that Luther was the first to light a tree with candles in order to express the “light of God” to his children.

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