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We’ve placed ten QR Codes throughout the site, each one linking to a different holiday-related anecdote.
Now you can thrill your friends and family with amazing factoids of how of Christmas and New Year's Day were celebrated at Fort Vancouver in the past!
The winter holiday season began in earnest several days before Christmas. In anticipation of the holiday, the HBC would give its employees a regale or special treat of additional food and drink.
In 1845, this consisted of “rum and eatables” while a year later it was three quarts of flour, one quart of molasses, three and a half pounds pork, and one pound grease -- “but no Rum,” lamented Thomas Lowe, an HBC clerk. These regales would be key factors in the revelry to follow.
Source: Gregory P. Shine, “A General Time of Indulgence and Festivity”: Early Winter Holiday Celebrations at the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.