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This hard back book of 127 pages, " Keeping Christmas " An Edwardian Age Memoir, by William F. Stricker was illustrated by Joseph Sheppard & published by Stemmer House in 1981 as a 1st Edition.

22 x 29 cms ; edgewear/repair to dust jacket ; book in good condition

How Christmas used to be celebrated among family, friends & neighbors in America after the turn of last century is the theme of this warmly nostalgic & authentic memoir, the first to evoke the essence of the American Edwardian era.

... The Christmases recreated here are those of an era before films & television, when all entertainments were generated among the members of one's own family & neighbourhood - producing memories never to be forgotten by those who shared the laughter, the songs & the all embracing warmth of that time. In these pages are recorded the feasting, the liquid refreshments, the cherished anecdotes, the home entertainments, the model trains, the strenuous vying with one another for the most decorated Xmas trees & ingeniously scenic Xmas gardens, the crisis & near disasters, the comic episodes & those unabashedly sentimental & the great unforgettable characters of the neighbourhood, who provided more entertainment than a whole stageful of television comics & personalities.
What a treat it is ! We read with relish & incredulity of the barrels of oysters consumed, the pastries baked & shared & the liquids quaffed. We share the thrill of the children being led in to the Xmas tree to claim their presents &the wonderment of peering into neighbor's windows to see the special adornments of their parlors.

We delight in the ingenuity of some of the gifts & gift givers (goldfish, for example, filched from the park's ornamental pool by a good hearted though impoverished fellow) & the greater ingenuity of those who schemed all year to create the most extravagantly mechanised Xmas garden of anyone. For a little boy, perhaps the trains were the best of Xmas .. Please click here to ask a question
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