All Hail to Christmas: Mormon Pioneer Holiday Celebrations

Mormons celebrate Christmas like most other Christians—with the nativity account in Luke, gift exchanging, spending time with family and friends, Santa Claus, decorated trees, and the redemptive story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Richard Ian Kimball follows the history of Christmas celebrations among the Mormons beginning with the Pioneers. He concludes that although the Saints were secluded in the West for many years, their Christmas celebration traditions have developed much in the same way as the rest of America, and they continue to carry the same Christmas spirit that existed among the early Saints.

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