Here at The HighBoy, we are inspired by moments in which art gives shape to cultural change, and this holiday season is no different as we recognize the Christmas rituals that have evolved through the art of storytelling.
So this Christmas, for you, a little history lesson about this beloved holiday: While Christians have been celebrating December 25th as Jesus’ birthday since approximately the fourth century, it wasn’t until the 19th century that Christmas became what it is, at its best, today: a holiday of peace and nostalgia and a time to spend with our loved ones.
In 1819, American author Washington Irving (of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”) wrote a series of fictional stories entitled “The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.,” about families from different classes celebrating a peaceful, warm-hearted Christmas together. Some historians identify this piece of literature as the “invention of Christmas.” Gradually Americans began acclimating to the idealistic Christmas that Irving imagined.
This year, as we look forward to our own interpretations of Christmas cheer, we’re thankful for Irving and other artists who have helped inspire and transform the traditions we’ve come to love.
Check our very own HighBoy collection of Christmas favorites:
1. Cailler Swiss Chocolate Vintage Poster | 2. “Winter Road” by Peter Adolf Persson
3. Sterling Silver Brooch | 4. French Painted Toy Horse | 5. French Brass and Wood Snare Drum
6. Vintage French Table Skittles Set | 7. Pair of Vintage Toy Bicycles
8. French Vintage Tea Bar