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In Their Own Words

December 25, 1867

Christmas Soon after Civil War

Two years after the end of the Civil War, Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards was able to record in his journal that things were improving this Christmas:

“Dec. 25. Christmas Day - and great rejoicing among the little folks this morning as they investigating the stockings that their good old, yest mysterious friend Santa Claus had filled during the night. Poor as the people pretend to be - and as many really are - they have found considerable to spend on Christmas. Our trade was pretty good yesterday, considering the smallness of our Christmas stock, but Jack the Toy dealer [Geo. W. Jack] did a heavy business… .”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), p. 767.