Note: This story has been reported in newspapers since the 1930s, and is all over the internet including the but the Alabama Department of Archives and History has not found any evidence that it is true. What do you think?

Merry Christmas from Alabama Pioneers!

Did you know that Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday. The tradition began in 1836.

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The popularity of Christmas was spurred on in 1820 by Washington Irving’s book The Keeping of Christmas at Bracebridge Hall. Then in 1834, Britain’s Queen Victoria brought her German husband, Prince Albert, into Windsor Castle, introducing the tradition of the Christmas tree and carols that were held in Europe to the British Empire.

A week before Christmas in 1834, Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol (in which he wrote that Scrooge required Cratchit to work, and that the US Congress met on Christmas Day). It was so popular that neither the churches nor the governments could ignore the importance of Christmas celebrations and so in 1836, Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

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Many Christmas parades take place in cities throughout Alabama every year. Below are some photographs of parades from our past.

Paul Harvey riding in a convertible, as the grand marshal of a Christmas parade in downtown Russellville, Alabama. December 1975

WCOV-TV float in the Christmas parade on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama December 1967
Alabama National Bank float in the Christmas parade on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama December 1967

Band performing in the Christmas parade on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama December 1967

Float in the Christmas parade in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, on Bainbridge Street in front of the Capitol. November 24, 1962

Books make great Christmas gifts – Check out these by Alabama Author Donna R Causey

Bestselling novel RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love Book 1) is the story of a first family in colonial America who fled to America to escape religious persecution, and eventually migrated to Alabama before it became a state – 

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites and www.daysgoneby.meAll her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books.RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey