Christmas on the Prairie

Book, Celebrations, History, Places

Christmas on the Prairie

By: Joan Anderson & George Ancona 
Publisher: Clarion Books, 1985
Age Level: 9-12
Language: English
ISBN: 0-89919-307-2


The Curtis family has recently moved to Prairietown from a thriving village in New York State. The four Curtis children, especially Thomas, are determined that Christmas will be just as wonderful as it was back east. But how can it be? So many ingredients of the family’s traditional Christmas customs are missing on the frontier.

For many pioneers in 1836, Christmas was just another workday, not a joyful holiday. But new settlers like the Curtis family enlivened many a pioneer town and changed its ways of celebrating. In a sense, what we know today as the American Christmas first took root way out on the prairie.

In their striking companion to the First Thanksgiving Feast, Joan Anderson and George Ancona recreate a favorite time in our history–the settling of the western frontier. This handsome book was photographed at the living history museum called Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement near Noblesville, Indiana.