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11/9/2021 - The History of Christmas on December 17, 2021

On Friday, December 17th, 2021 from 2-3:30pm on Zoom and streamed to the Kingsley Room, join us for a program about the history of Christmas, from the rowdy beginnings to a family holiday.

The Christmas we now know began as a pagan observance of the winter solstice, and was known as a day of raucous celebration and debauchery. As communities assimilated into Christianity, it became a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ - though the debauchery continued. Join us to learn about how Christmas has evolved from a bawdy party to a family holiday.

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor for the Army Aviation magazine, and the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. He has taught classes on military history at Norwalk Community College as well as the Lifetime Learners Institute. Albertson has authored several books on military history.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this program is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Registration is required. Zoom invitation links will be sent via email on the day of the program. Please visit the link below for more information and to register.

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