Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

What Once Was: Merry Christmas, Washington

What Once Was: Merry Christmas, Washington – References and Resources

By Matthew B. Gilmore*

References, Resources, Sources

James H. Barnett. The American Christmas. New York, Macmillan, 1954.

Bruce David Forbes. Christmas: a candid history. Los Angeles, University of California Press, 2007.

J.M. Golby and A.W. Purdue. The making of the modern Christmas. Athens, University of Georgia, 1986.

Ruth Cole Kainen. America’s Christmas heritage. New York, Funk & Wagnalls, 1969.

Mary Emily Donelson Wilcox. Christmas under three flags: being memories of holiday festivities in the White House with “Old Hickory,” in the palace of H.R.H. Prince of Prussia, afterwards Emperor William I, and at the Alamo with the Alcalde’s daughter. Washington, Neale Co., 1900.


Mary Irving. “Christmas On the Prairie.” Life on Prairie De La Fleur. No. 9. The National Era March 31, 1851.

Emilie Carlen. “Rosa And Her Suitors. A Tale of Swedish Domestic Life.” Translated by Elbert Perce. Chap. X – The Mysterious Package–The Surprise. National Era November 8, 1855.

Ace Collins. Stories behind the great traditions of Christmas. Grand Rapids, MI, Zondervan, 2003.

Presbyterian And Reformed Ambivalence About Christmas. https://heidelblog.net/2015/12/presbyterian-and-reformed-ambivalence-about-christmas/

Eben Lehman.  “Looking Back at the National Christmas Tree Tradition.” December 1, 2011. Peeling Back the Bark: Exploring the collections, acquisitions, and treasures of the Forest History Society https://fhsarchives.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/looking-back-at-the-national-christmas-tree-tradition/

Jamie Lewis. “President bans Christmas tree from White House!” December 14, 2016. Peeling Back the Bark: Exploring the collections, acquisitions, and treasures of the Forest History Society https://fhsarchives.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/president-bans-christmas-tree-from-white-house-cites-environmental-concerns/

Albert Menendez. Christmas in the White House.

Jennifer Boswell Pickens. Christmas at the White House. Dallas, Fife and Drum Press, 2009.

Michael Pollak. “Remembering Guy Fawkes Day, or Popeʼs Day.” New York Times. Oct. 23, 2015. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/nyregion/remembering-guy-fawkes-day-or-popes-day.html

Alvin Rosenbaum. A White House Christmas. National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1992.

Judy G. Russell. “The laws of Christmas: 2017 reprise.” Dec 22, 2017. The Legal Genealogist. https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2017/12/22/laws-christmas-2017-reprise/

Stephen W. Stathis. “Federal Holidays: Evolution and Application,” Congressional Research Service. Feb 8, 1999.

Christmas in America’s Capital. Chicago, World Book, 2005.

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