Monday Inspiration – Christmas in July

I loved this book. I know it’s a little early for Christmas, (at least, I’m trying not to think about the C word right now! *lol* ) but if you haven’t checked it out, Do!

Susan Macatee Romance Writer

Thought it would be fun to follow a ‘Christmas in July’ theme and talk about Christmas in Civil War camps.

My 2012 holiday release, The Christmas Ball, takes place at a Civil War Union army camp, then moves to Washington D. C. during the Christmas season of 1862.

What was it like for soldiers serving away from their homes, unable to phone, email or do any more than write letters and wait for a lengthy return of news from home?

By this time period, the familiar Christmas traditions that we celebrate to this day, were already in place. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens had been published in 1843 and the image of Santa Claus as jolly and portly fellow had been established through the drawings of Thomas Nast, a German-speaking immigrant.

According to Civil War soldier, Alfred Ballard of the 5th New Jersey, “In order to make it look…

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