Saturday Evening Post Time Capsule: The First Christmas After the Civil War

December 1865 brought America its first peacetime Christmas in four years, but it would prove to be a grim holiday for most southerners.

Illustration of Christmas activities featuring figures from 1865 America
Illustration from Harper’s Weekly, 1863

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  1. It only makes sense Christmas 1865 was a sad affair, and likely was (year round) for at least several years after that I would imagine, until a gradual re-building of buildings and lives would eventually take hold for a new normal.


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