A French-Canadian Christmas– The French-Canadian Genealogist

After the British conquest of New France, very little changed by method of Christmas custom. The one exception was the arrival of the Christmas tree. Initially a German custom, it made its method to the United States. In 1781, a British General of German descent, Von Riedesel planted the very first Christmas tree on Canadian soil in Sorel, Québec. The practice of decorating Christmas trees, however, was normally limited to bourgeois families. It just became popular in French-Canadian families around 1930.

The biggest transition came from 1885 to 1915, when a more commercialized Christmas tradition made its way from the United States to Canada. Stores in Montreal began marketing greatly and the character of “Santa Claus” was introduced to kids. Slowly, Santa replaced Baby Jesus as the distributor of toys for kids, and Christmas dethroned New Year’s Day as the favourite vacation, as increasingly more kids received presents on Christmas instead. New English, French and American traditions found their way to Canada, such as Christmas stockings, Christmas cards, embellished Christmas trees, consuming turkey, etc. This duration likewise signified the modification of Christmas as a spiritual holiday to a progressively commercial one. Québec nationalists and conservatives increasingly objected to the commercialization of Christmas at the time, specifying the holidays were being distanced from catholic morals. For a lot of anglophone households in Canada, this transition to a more commercialized Christmas occurred in the late 19th century. For francophones, however, traditions did not change till completion of World War I. This also accompanied the name modification of “Santa Claus” to “Père Noël” in Québec (which equates to Daddy Christmas). Numerous French Canadians associated “Santa Claus” with Germany, so efforts were made to “indigenize” Santa after the war.

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Christmas Pullovers

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Christmas Dresses

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