Christmas on the Creek, 1817


By Rosemary Anderson - Plain City Times



One of Plain City’s most popular events is its annual “Christmas Under the Clock” celebration. On the first Saturday of December the town Christmas tree is lighted, Santa appears, there are wagon rides, refreshments, drawings and activities for all ages.

The Plain City Historical Society, at 111 W. Main St., is in the thick of things that evening. Over the past seven years we have presented a quiz for our visitors. “Christmas on the Creek” tests their knowledge of Christmas customs from the early 1800s.

If you missed the event this year, here is your chance to participate. No prizes will be awarded for this version of the quiz, however. Answers will be provided in next week’s column.

If you have lived along Big Darby Creek 200 years ago, you would have celebrated Christmas very differently from the way we do it today.

• Was Christmas Day a legal holiday?

Yes_____ No_____

• Could Jonathan Alder have visited your house at Christmas?

Yes____ No____

• Would there have been a Christmas party at someone’s house, with music and dancing?

Yes_____ No_____

• Would you have been waiting for Santa Claus to come?

Yes____ No____

• Could you have visited relatives in another state, or could they have come to visit you?

Yes____ No____

• Could your father have shot a wild turkey for Christmas dinner?

Yes____ No____

• Would you have sung “Joy to the World?”

Yes____ No____

• Would you have sent or received Christmas cards?

Yes____ No____

• How many presents would you probably have received?

0-2_____ 3-5_____ 6-10_____

• Would you have had a Christmas tree?

Yes____ No____

• Could you have celebrated “Christmas Under the Clock?”

Yes____ No____

• Could you have met Isaac Bigelow at a party?

Yes____ No____

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By Rosemary Anderson

Plain City Times

Rosemary Anderson is the vice president of the Plain City Historical Society.

Rosemary Anderson is the vice president of the Plain City Historical Society.