Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I considered doing a post on the history of the celebration of Christmas but I was afraid that the post could go one of two ways: either overly religious or cynical over the commercialism of the holidays.  So instead, I’d rather steer clear of such topics and focus more on the history aspect in the coming year.

Besides, the History Channel has the following video on the evolution of Christmas:

History Channel: Evolution of Christmas

Instead, I decided I’d present you with a series of historic Christmas photographs from the Florida Memory collection.  Enjoy and I hope you’ve had a great holiday, whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hannukah or just enjoy getting a few days off from work.

From my family to yours, happy holidays!

Singing Christmas Tree

Photograph by Charles Barron. Singing Christmas Tree in Fort Myers, FL 1954. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

Child with Christmas tree and toys, 1912

Child with Christmas tree and toys, 1912. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

Reenactment of the first Christmas ever in what is now the United States

Reenactment of the first Christmas celebrated in what is now the United States. Tallahassee, FL, 1959, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Haya parlor decorated for Christmas, 1895

Haya parlor decorated for Christmas at 605 Magnolia Avenue, Hyde Park – Tampa, Florida, 1895. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Mary Dwight displays croquet set gift she has just found under the underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 1948

Mary Dwight displays croquet set gift she has just found under the underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 1948. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Young women decorating Christmas tree at the beach : Pensacola, Florida, 1962

Meriam De Shazo and Kenna Morris trim christmas tree at the beach: Pensacola, Florida, 1962. Photographed by Jim Stokes. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Optimist Club selling Christmas trees : Tallahassee, Florida, 1956

Optimist Club selling Christmas trees : Tallahassee, Florida, 1956. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.