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The Bowery Boys: New York City History

Christmas in Old New York: Holiday History

This week we're highlighting an especially festive episode of the Gilded Gentleman Podcast, a show with double the holiday fun, tracing the history of Christmas and holiday celebrations over 19th-century New York City history.

Licensed New York City tour guide and speaker Jeff Dobbins joins host Carl Raymond for a look at the city’s holiday traditions dating back to the early Dutch days of New Amsterdam up to the modern innovations of the early 20th century.

You'll learn....

-- the connections between Sinterklaas and Santa Claus

-- the history of display windows, department store Santa Clauses and Christmas tree sellers

-- how Hannukah was adapted in America to help newly arriving Jewish immigrants keep hold of their traditions

-- why Santa could truly be called "a native New Yorker"

And then Carl welcomes actor John Kevin Jones who has been performing an annual one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum, now in its 11th season. Kevin discusses the origins of Dickens’ famous story and how he adapted it for the stage.

The Bowery Boys: New York City History
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