At Home with the Tredwells: A 19th Century Christmas is an exhibition taking place at Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street, New York 10003 until Monday, January 7, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Phone: 212 777 1089
Step back in time to the 1850s and join Seabury and Eliza Tredwell as they celebrate the season with elaborate holiday parties, festive food, and gift giving. Their elegant parlors are decorated with swags of evergreens, brilliant holly berries, white mistletoe, and red-leafed poinsettias – and a tabletop tree festooned with ribbons and candles. In the kitchen, the Irish servants are preparing the plum pudding, shucking the oysters, and readying the punch bowl. Upstairs in the bedrooms, the gifts for relatives and friends are set out and the Tredwell daughters are dressing in their finest silks. Discover how many of our modern holiday traditions, from table-top Christmas trees to presents and stockings, Christmas carols and songs (and Santa Claus, too) originated in mid-19th century New York. Included with regular admission.