December 2017 
L'Hesperian Monthly

Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion
December 2017 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from the Chatillon-DeMenil! The busiest time of the season is almost here, but for us, things are quieting down. We have our annual Member's Holiday Party soon, so if you haven't RSVPed or did not receive an invite and you think you should have, give us a call! Our halls are decked with holiday cheer and ready for yuletide celebrations! Since we are closed January-February, this will be the last newsletter until the March 2018 edition, so look forward to that! 

Holidays at the DeMenil

The Holiday season is coming up fast! The Chatillon-DeMenil will once again be celebrating with some stunning decor! 
We will not be taking part in the Holiday House tour since this is our off year, but we will be open regular hours for you to come and see the decor.  Come see us and the new items in our gift shop!

History Corner: Traditional Victorian Holiday 

Although many locations try to recreate authentic Victorian Christmas decor, the truth has less splendor. However, the Victorians were very into the Christmas spirit. 

The Victorian French most likely did not have Christmas trees, at least not in the sense that one would think they would. The Christmas tree was more popular in the USA than in Europe when German immigrants brought their Yuletide pagan traditions with them, and as such, the Yule tree or Christmas tree as it became. 

Some of the most famous Carols were written during the Victorian times, including, Jingle Bells, which was written by an American composer, and Angels We Have Heard on High and O Holy Night, that were the most famous French carols. 

The British were the originators of exchanging Christmas presents. During Queen Victoria’s time, adults began to give children home-made or bought toys. This quickly spread through Europe and America as the staple tradition we know and love today. 

The tradition of writing and sending Christmas cards is a British invention. The generally richly illustrated cards soon enjoyed great popularity and spread throughout the rest of the world and became prevalent in Victorian America.

Although usually attributed to American Christmas, Santa Claus also comes from Holland and eventually Victorian England. “Father Christmas” and brought the children their gifts on Christmas Eve.


Become a supporting member today! 

The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion could not do what we do if it wasn't for our gracious donors. As a non-profit, we rely on our donors and our rentals to keep the doors open and continue to educate our visitors on the vast history within our walls and of St. Louis. 
Please, consider becoming a member. Each member receives a discount in our gift shop, free historical tours of the mansion, and is invited to our annual Members Holiday Party each year. Along with that, donations are tax deductible! 

Want to Volunteer?

We also owe great thanks to our volunteers here at the mansion. Without our volunteers, we would struggle to keep our events running smoothly. 
We are always looking for volunteers to help around the mansion or help run events. With a small staff and many events held here, we need your help. All volunteers become members of the Mansion and thus receive invites to our events, free tours, and 10% off of gift shop items! Sign up today! 


Along with volunteers, we are always in need of historical reenactors! If you or someone you know does historical re-enactments, please contact us, as we would love to work with you! 
Become a Member!
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