Posted Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Sing We All Merrily: A Colonial Christmas on Dec. 12 in Morristown

Linda Russell in colonial dress

Linda Russell

Join Morristown National Historical Park on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 12 for the festive Sing We All Merrily: A Colonial Christmas, presented by Linda Russell and Companie.

The program begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in Morristown NHP’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Admission is free.

Linda Russell and Companie’s holiday concert will bring to life Christmases past. While Christmas was outlawed in 1659 by the New England Puritans, down in Jamestown, Virginia, the Englishman John Smith noted a very merry celebration held by the settlers. Christmas in colonial times was kept – or not kept – according to one’s religious background and country of origin.

Washington's Headquarters Museum

Washington’s Headquarters Museum is located behind the Ford Mansion.

The joyous and heartfelt performance, Sing We All Merrily, will explore the traditions of the holiday in early America through English carols, American folk hymns, dance tunes and drinking songs. Quotes from diaries, poems, toasts and wassail recipes are interspersed with music played on hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, cello and limberjack. A merry time will be had by all!

For more information about Morristown NHP, please call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 Wednesday through Sunday, or visit our website at www.nps.gov/morr. You can also check out our Museum Blog at http://morristownnhpmuseum.blogspot.com/.