Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Past in Alabama

What to say about Christmas? A time of both great spirituality and much commerce, the day has a fascinating history and practice both sacred and secular.

Let's take a look at a few items from Christmas past in Alabama.
Many other Christmas images from the state's past can be found on Alabama Mosaic






This card is postmarked December 24, 1909

Source: Alabama Dept of Archives & History Digital Collections




A brochure published by the Birmingham Association of Social Workers in 1927.

Source: Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections



Christmas party at the Auburn University Baptist Student Union in December 1945.

Source: Auburn University Digital Library 





Choir at the First National Bank in Montgomery in December 19, 1955

Source: Alabama Dept of Archives & History Digital Collections




Christmas decorations at a Gulf gas station in Montgomery on December 21, 1955

Source: Alabama Dept of Archives and History Digital Collections




Choir in the lobby of the First National Bank in Montgomery on December 18, 1956

Source: Alabama Dept of Archives & History Digital Collections 




This article appeared in the Birmingham News on November 23, 1965. Eastwood Mall was the first enclosed mall in the Deep South and the third largest in the nation when it opened in 1960. The mall was demolished in 2006; a Wal-Mart currently occupies the property.  

Source: Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections




Christmas parade in Birmingham in 1972

Source: Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections



Just to keep the historical record straight, our daughter Rebecca [now Becca], is between Santa and Mrs. Claus. That is indeed our son Jason [now Amos] on the far right with that knowing smirk on his face.








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