Category Archives: Holidays

A New Hampshire Valentine Warning of 1850

ST. VALENTINE’S–On Thursday, St. Valentine will hold his annual festival. Single ladies and gentlemen may expect the usual quantity of favors, while “the little god Cupid” acts as post-boy. Old bachelors should fortify their bosoms with an extra covering of … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Old Time Christmas Traditions and Decorations

In New Hampshire’s early days, Christmas was celebrated in a much quieter and sedate manner.  The early New England immigrants were stern opponents of what we consider today to be our usual Christmas pastimes. Even up until the 1870s Christmas … Continue reading

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Popular Superstitions of the Winter Season: 1840

POPULAR SUPERSTITIONS OF THE WINTER SEASON From: Saturday, December 26, 1840; Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics (Portsmouth NH) page 2 Associated with Christmas and the New Year are many of the popular superstitious rites and ceremonies of former times, … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Veteran’s Day and Its Heroes

On November 11 of each year the citizens of New Hampshire, and all of the United States celebrate “Veterans Day.” Originally this day was called Armistice Day, as November 11, 1918 was generally regarded as the end of World War … Continue reading

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When Windham NH Toasted the Fourth of July in 1825

On Monday the 49th Anniversary of American Independence was celebrated at Windham with the usual demonstrations of joy, gratitude, and festivity. In consequence of the unfavorable weather in the forenoon many who had intended to join in the celebration were … Continue reading

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