On and Under the Tree: Christmas Trimmings and Toys

Christmas trees will soon be decorated, and toys and gifts are on lists around the world for Santa around the world. Is the spirit of Christmas also under the tree and in our hearts? What is the “spirit of Christmas” or the “Christmas spirit”? According to James Cash Penney (1875-1971), “The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving.” Penney is remembered as the founder of a store chain now known as the J.C. Penney Company, but his first store was called the Golden Rule Store when it was founded in 1902. Kindness, generosity, and care for others are also part of the “spirit of Christmas.” Macculloch Hall Historical Museum believes that the matriarch of the Macculloch-Miller family, Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863), lived these qualities in her role helping those in need in nineteenth-century Morristown year-round. For more than 30 years, she was the Directress of the Female Charitable Society. This organization still exists and is now known as the Cornerstone Neighborhood House.

Join us on Facebook to hear Christmas stories that reflect the spirit of Christmas, read by the Head Children’s Librarian, Arlene Sprague, of the Morristown & Morris Township Library. https://www.facebook.com/maccullochhall/videos/vb.336828221475/416110839539667/

To learn more about James Cash Penney visit: https://historicmissourians.shsmo.org/historicmissourians/name/p/penney/

Before the internet, there was catalogue shopping. Find out more here: https://www.publitas.com/blog/a-visual-history-of-the-catalog/



Drawing of a small child hugging Santa Claus.

Age / Level: 1, Primary