Christmas for the American Slave

Christmas for the American slave was a time of hope and irony. Slaveholders and white landowners, as many Americans do today, deviated from their routines during the holidays for the celebration of Christmas and the New Year. It was a time of festivity and gift giving. Slaves looked forward to Christmas because it meant a season of unusual generosity by their owners as they received new yearly allotments of clothing, perhaps something new or special in food or maybe even a gift of something more than was necessary just for survival on the plantation. Among their many traditions was the ironic game of “Christmas gift”. Slaves and children would lie in wait for those with the means to provide presents and capture them, crying ‘Christmas gift’ and refusing to release their prisoners until they received a gift in return. This ironic inversion of power occasionally led to real transformation in…

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History of the American Santa

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