Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Overlapping Yesterday's Christmas with Today'sHalloween Traditions

In some early Utah villages and towns, this Christmas tradition was identical to Halloween today. What was the tradition?

a.      The children going door to door stating, “trick or treat”

b.      The children going door to door stating, “Christmas gift”

c.       The children going door to door dressed as Santa and singing

d.      The children going door to door singing in hopes of a treat

Yesterday’s answer:

(D)   Joseph Smith

Susan Johnson Martineau, who lived in nearby Ramus, recalled that “Joseph with Heber C. Kimball, Jedediah M. Grant and some others from Nauvoo, whose names I do not now remember, partook of a Christmas dinner at my father’s; and standing at the head of the table he carved the turkey. Fearing that his clothing might accidentally be soiled, my step-mother, Susan Bryant Johnson tied a long apron upon him. He laughed and said it was well for he did not know what might happen to him. My brother Seth and I were in the room, admiring, in our childish way, him whom we thought the greatest man on earth.”

Orton, Chad M. and William W. Slaughter, Joseph Smith’s America (Salt Lake City: Deseret Books, 2005), 196.

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