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“this time line is a document that authorities discovered in B’s journal that is believed researched and compiled by B and is presented to the public as further evidence of her action”.


1810 AD
St. Nicholas is introduced to and celebrated by the New York Historical Society by John Pintard, but not for any association with Christmas but as the mostly forgotten mythic patron saint of New Amsterdam.

 

 

 


 

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1816 AD
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King , a long short story by E.T. A. Hoffmann & the song Silent Night are written.

 

 

 


 

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1820 AD
By this time Christmas misrule becomes a serious social & financial threat to respectable New York. Gangs roamed the streets "mummied"
up terrorizing the wealthy neighborhoods and displaying horrid acts of drunkenness and rage.

John Pintard, a prominent New York City merchant and civic leader, a firm believer in ceremonies and rituals and a major force in establishing Washington's birthday, Columbus Day and the Fourth of July as national holidays had been working for nearly 20 years to nullify the christmas holiday scare the lower classes were putting upon the upper class. No Christmas rituals existed that were acceptable to the upper class so Pintard worked to self-consciously invent a tradition.

 

 

 


 

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1821 AD
"Santeclaus" a poem printed by a New York printer Wm Gilley, has santa dressed all in fur and drove a sleigh pulled by a reindeer.

 

 

 


 

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1822 AD
Clement C. Moore writes "A Visit from St. Nicholas" better known as "The Night Before Christmas". This bares a slight resemblance to the 1662 ditty of doom by Wigglesworth however, "A Visit" was for fun and about dreaming of all the good things, not eternal damnation. see pix

So, this happy little poem Mr Moore wrote for his darling daughter makes a major contribution to the invention of a socially acceptable contrived Santa Claus embedded Christmas.

Mr Moore was a frightened major Manhattan land owner who successfully protected his holdings from the encroaching lower classes by reforming the city landscape through clever real estate deals.

 

 

 


 

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1823 AD
"A Visit from St. Nicholas" is first published in the Troy Sentinel,Troy, New York.

 

 

 


 

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1824 AD
Mr Moore's poem published in at least four different Philadelphia almanacs.

 

 

 


 

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1825 ish AD
The first usage of Santa Claus as an enticement to sell goods. It was a published verse by a New York jewelry shop to sell "The choices gems to buy..."

 

 

 


 

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1828 AD
The popular Poulson's Daily Advertiser printed "A Visit from St. Nicholas".

 

 

 


 

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1829 AD
A New York paper and latter Poulson's reprinted the same article detailing the Santa Claus ritual.

 

 

 


 

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1830-31 AD
A National Gazette editorial explains the "inner meaning" of the new Christmas.

The popularity of "A Visit form St. Nikolas" assisted Pintard in turning the scary outside Misrule "for all" debauch into an inside "invitation only" celebration with the children of a household replacing the larger group of the poor and powerless.

With the attempt to promote December 6th long forgotten Pintard proclaimed the new rituals of Christmas were "ancient usage" and that
"St Claas is too firmly riveted on this city ever to be forgotten"

 

 

 


 

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1836 AD
Alabama is the first state to declare Christmas December 25th. The first published Christmas tree.

 

 

 


 

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1841 AD
A Philadelphia merchant, hired a man to dress in "Criscringle" attire and climb the chimney outside his shop to attract customers. Another version has the same merchant using a life size model that managed to "attract thousands of children to his shop".

The local paper reported " no lad who see it, will ever after accuse pa or ma of being the Kriss-Kringle who filled his stocking. That such a person exists will be most indelibly fixed upon their memory"

From the start, it has been difficult to convince ( flat out lie ) to children that Santa brings the gifts when in fact the gifts are from family.

 

 

 


 

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1842 AD
The first commercial publication of the image of Santa Claus for an advertisement for Pease's Great Variety Store, Albany, NY.

 

 

 


 

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1843 AD
Charles Dickens writes "A Christmas Carol".

First Christmas Cars.

 

 

 


 

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1845 AD
"original advertisement appeared in the New York Journal or General Advertiser, 1768"

According to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas written by Himself circa 1845, " It was deemed a disgrace not to get drunk at Christmas; and he [ a slave ] was regarded as lazy indeed, who had not provided himself with the necessary means, during the year, to get whisky enough to last him through Christmas …These holidays serve as conductors, or safety-valves, to carry off the rebellious spirit of enslaved humanity…the slaveholders not only like to see the slave drink of his own accord, but will adopt various plans to make him drunk… …the holidays are part and parcel of the gross fraud… So, when the holidays ended, we staggered up from the filth of our wallowing, took a long breath, and marched to the field, - feeling, upon the whole, rather glad to go, from what our master had deceived us into a belief was freedom, back to the arms of slavery…

"When I read this, it changed my life. What was written in 1845 seemed so familiar and I couldn't help but notice things haven't changed". Note written by B

 

 


 

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1848 AD
The first long version of "Visit From Saint Nicholas" published.

 

 


 

 

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1860 AD
The parlor song "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" is the first Christmas song.1848 AD
The first long version of "Visit From Saint Nicholas" published.

 


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