For many of us, the Holidays are more notable for its stresses rather than the magic of the season. Getting the right present, sending out holiday cards, reuniting with family members you have little in common with...well, you get the idea.
It may be of little comfort, but people living in the 19th century also felt the holiday pinch.
For a little perspective on Christmas past, and how the holiday may have been celebrated in the 1850’s, WNPR's Ray Hardman went to the Harriet Beecher Stowe house in Hartford for a tour of their latest exhibit, Reforming the Season: 19th-century Reformers and Christmas.
Katherine Kane is the executive director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. The exhibit Reforming the Season: 19th-century Reformers and Christmas runs through January 4th.