CHRISTMAS IN TEXAS IN THE 1800’S
I thought it was time to visit my Blog site as I am getting in the Christmas spirit…the German spirit, that is. My tenth novel, written under my pen name of Sidney St. James is scheduled for release on December 12th. It is called The Flaming Blue Sword. It is not a creative nonfiction novel, but the first paranormal romance in my Storm Lord Trilogy Series.
To celebrate this joyous time of the year, and the fact that I have reached a milestone with my tenth novel, I am offering eight of the Kindle edition novels for FREE at Amazon.com beginning on December 12th and continuing to December 16th.
Oh, by the way, my first novel has a scene in it talking about how the Strauss Family brought one of the first artificial Christmas trees to Texas in 1845. It was made of turkey feathers dyed green, wound onto wire branches, and mounted on wooden bases.
They were widely accepted in the 1800’s in Texas. But, if one were to follow the area in the far northeast where German settlers brought their artificial trees, places like Boston and Philadelphia, they were denounced as sacrilegious and pagan by some of the Protestant groups in that part of the country.
German families would decorate the trees with popcorn chains, paper flowers, paper chains and decorated cookies, candy and nuts.
In a magazine found during the writing of ADVERSITY – Face to Face, an article once suggested a 12-foot tall tree have 400 wax candles to adequately light the tree. At the Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, Texas, there were elders who stood by with wet sponges on long sticks ready to extinguish the candles as they burned down low on Christmas Eve.
Watch for future blogs on German traditions at Christmas!
Happy Holidays and be sure to take advantage of this once a year special from Sean E. Jacobs for five days only. The following Kindle e-books are FREE from Amazon.com:
Books 4, 5 & 6 are scheduled for release in 2016.
Be sure to share this post with friends and family during this joyous time of year, a time for giving and receiving. And, be sure to order my pre-release of The Flaming Blue Sword, a paranormal romance.
Happy Holidays…and, more to come on German traditions in the 1800’s during Christmas. Next, we can thank the Germans for Kris Kringle!