by David Cardillo, DDNP Staff, Blog Contributor
Christmas stories seem to have generated a genre of their own. Before the internet and mass market paperback publishing, there was publishing in newspapers. The Wilmingtonian issue of December 24th, 1887 is one such example. This particular issue contains several short stories, both fictional and anecdotal, either depicting a Christmas miracle or relating a tale of the comparatively recently-ended Civil War.
This trend continued throughout the years, and in other papers, as evidenced by the Middletown Transcript of December 23, 1922, which includes a story about a young lady named Regina attempts to acquire a Christmas tree from a supposedly abandoned lot after the tree she had ordered failed to arrive in time for Christmas Eve. A gentleman named David stops her, says the lot is his, and they find they both have a need to provide a Christmas tree for their young charges…
Find more Christmas stories from historic Delaware newspapers by searching “Christmas” on Chronicling America: