Marilyn Ziebarth & Brian Horrigan, editors
Christmas in Minnesota evokes memories of holidays past: a communal feast in the 1870s, holiday pageants accompanied by stage-fright, forgiving and reconnecting with relatives, the torture of writing the perfect annual Christmas letter, to a drummer boy in the Civil War who lifts other soldiers’ spirits with a spontaneous holiday celebration. The fifty short stories are accompanied by vintage recipes, old advertisements and cartoons, and black and white photos including holiday decorations of years gone by.
Over 45 Minnesota authors, covering 150 years of the state’s history, demonstrate the spirit of Yuletide cheer in Minnesota — in good and in tough times. This anthology, subtitled “a celebration in memories, stories, and recipes of seasons past”, was co-edited by Marilyn Ziebarth (editor at at Historical Society Press) and Brian Horrigan (award-winning author and developer of exhibits at the Minnesota Historical Society). Their titles and access to information strengthen the accuracy of this treasured book.
Christmas in Minnesota would make a wonderful holiday gift for those with a Minnesota connection, or for those who wish they had one.