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A Mayflower Christmas

The Pilgrims celebrated a Mayflower Christmas in 1620 with holly, ivy, plum pudding and a gift exchange with Indian children – at least according to a romanticized version written by suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton of all people. The Christmas on ...

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Trinity Church, a Parish Priest’s Dream

Boston's Trinity Church owes its magnificent appearance to the Episcopal priest who wrote the lyrics to the Christmas carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem -- and, of course, to architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) was descended from the Rev. ...

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