Home for "historical" holidays

By Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 12/10 2013 04:30PM

Updated 12/10 2013 05:43PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Historical preservationists have added some Christmas spirit to the Lincoln Home. The National Historic Site is decked out for the holidays.

Curator Susan Haake says it's decorated to take you back to the 1860's. Back then, the style was much simpler than nowadays.

A typical Christmas was a trip to church, a small gift exchange and dinner at home. Haake says Christmas trees weren't a tradition like they are now. They didn't become popular until after the Civil War.

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