Christmas with the Congregationalists

Sara Trotta
Promotional image for the event that reads: "Christmas with the Congregationalists with CLA Librarian, Sara Trotta. December 14, 1-2 pm EST." The image also features two Congregationalist Christmas book covers: "The Christmas Cat" and "Around the Yule Log."

1-2 pm EST

This event will held live on Zoom with an interactive Q&A



Congregationalists have a complicated history when it comes to the celebration of Christmas.

The Massachusetts Bay General Court banned the observance of the holiday in 1659. Cotton Mather railed against rude yuletide reveling in a 1712 sermon. By the 19th and 20th centuries, though, the Pilgrim Press was printing holiday gift books and Congregational churches were putting on Christmas plays.

Learn more about this fascinating story of how Congregationalists have gotten into the holiday spirit over the past 300 years, illustrated with pieces from the Congregational Library & Archives’ collections.

The event is free to all, but registration is required via this link:

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Sara Trotta graduated with a B. A. in English and Cultural Anthropology from Boston University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Simmons University. She was first introduced to the CLA through a graduate internship in reference and cataloging and joined the staff permanently in 2015 as Assistant Librarian. She was promoted to Librarian in 2017 and now maintains the CLA’s print collection. While on staff, Sara was awarded a Director’s Scholarship to Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and published in Fine Books & Collections magazine. She has presented her work at the library for the ALA’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, among others.