Vintage Christmas: This 1866 Christmas Day menu from the St. Nicholas Hotel here in Springfield, IL offers a plethora of choices including: Rollette of Mutton with Spanish Olives, Lamb Tongue, and Union Cake.
Vintage Christmas Greetings: This 19th century Christmas and New Year’s card was given out by Frank Simmons a prominent bookseller here in Springfield, IL at the time.
Letters Home: Hiram Roberts to his young daughter Nellie
Hiram P Roberts, Chaplain, HQ, 84th Illinois Infantry, sent this letter on Christmas Day in 1863 to his five year old daughter, Nellie.
Papa’s Log Cabin
Your little letter came to me the other day & I was glad to get it. Tell Emma I thank her for writing it for you. I suppose you are having a good time to day. Did Kris Kringle bring you anything last night? I don’t believe he comes down this way at all for I haven’t heard anything about him. I haven’t anything to send you for a Christmas present so I will put in 25 cents & you may get what you want or what mama thinks is best.
Be a good girl & mind mamma & I shall love you all the better.
A Merry Christmas to you from
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