A Very Special George Allen Christmas
Nothing says Christmas more than an e-mail titled "Experience the Holiday Traditions of 18th-Century Slaves."
"Christmas was a particularly difficult time of year for slaves," says Martin. Christmas was the time when slave families were most likely to be split up. "Anyone can take a lash, but if you're free, no one can take away your family," Martin said, describing the harsh reality for slaves.In modern times, the Virginia elite simply put a deer's head in a black family's mailbox.
The title of the program, "Kate's Christmas Box," refers to the tradition of giving boxes to servants and slaves at Christmas. This box was not necessarily a gift; Martin says it was more appropriately considered to be a supplement to one's rations. Many slaves' boxes, including Kate's, contained a cut of meat, such as a pig's tail.
WHAT HOLIDAYS WERE LIKE FOR THE ENSLAVED [Colonial Williamsburg]