Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois has been decorated for Christmas in much the same way as it would have been in his day, and that means no tree and no Santa Claus.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site curator Susan Haake says the Lincolns would have had much simpler decorations.

She tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that there’s no evidence the Lincolns had a tree, though the nearby First Presbyterian Church had one and invited people to come see it.

And the more contemporary image of Santa as a fat and jolly man in a red suit didn’t appear until after the Civil War.

This year, mantels in the Lincoln home have been draped with evergreen garlands, cranberry ropes and holly.

The Lincoln Home is open every day for tours except for Christmas and New Year’s Day.

– Bob Hamilton, KMOX News



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