Under the Tree at Liberty Hall: The History of Christmas Traditions in the United States

by  Liberty Hall Museum

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Discover how Christmas gifts and traditions have changed over the years through the eyes of Liberty Hall's residents. Meet the former children of Liberty Hall, explore Christmas decorations over the centuries, and take a peek at all the gifts under the tree! Accompanied by images of Liberty Hall's past holiday exhibits. Under the Tree at Liberty Hall is not to be missed! Perfect for your holiday gatherings!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $100.00
By Request: $100.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Social Studies/History Holidays, Traditions

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Booking Information

Program Availability: Monday-Friday: 10:00am-7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday: 2:00pm-5:00pm; Programs must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please contact the museum at hgaston@kean.edu or 908-527-0400 to discuss the cancellation policy.

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Liberty Hall Museum

Union, New Jersey
United States

Liberty Hall Museum, a historic house and gardens museum in Union, New Jersey and the state's premier in-person and virtual field trip destination, offers a diverse array of virtual school programs and lifelong learner experiences designed to enlighten and inform all curious minds.

Whether you are playing with toys from over 200 years ago with your school class, studying the plants in our historic greenhouses with your scout troop, or engaging with a presentation about Liberty Hall’s powerful women at your local library, Liberty Hall Museum provides the unique opportunity to see, touch, and relive history.

Our school programs meet a variety of Common Core and New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards and all our programs are conducted by museum educators who share a genuine love of this museum. Liberty Hall’s historians and staff are dedicated to ensuring that every visitor who visits the museum leaves with a greater appreciation for our nation and our state’s history.

Hannah Gaston

Program Details


1. Introduction to Liberty Hall
2. A Very Dutch Christmas in 1775
3. Epiphany in 1815
4. A Very European Christmas in 1848
5. A Commercialized Christmas in 1899
6. A Cardboard Christmas in 1942
7. A Modern Christmas of Today
8. Question and Answer Time


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of how children celebrated the Christmas holiday in six distinct eras
- Compare and contrast 200 years of Christmas and holiday traditions and decorations
- Develop an appreciation for the extensive toy collection at in Liberty Hall