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A boy plays under a Christmas tree in 1960

Christmas traditions in Old Detroit: Pigeon pie, horse racing, tapers on trees

By Bill Loomis / Special to The Detroit News Celebrations of Christmas in Detroit over the centuries have been highlighted by feasts and charity, toys and trees — and fires caused by lighted candles on those trees. Although Protestant churches in Detroit did not embrace the Christmas holiday until the 1840s, it was long celebrated … Continue Reading →

1910 milk wagon

Got milk? A century ago, it came from a peddler - and bring your own pitcher

By Bill Loomis / Special to The Detroit News “Mrs. Gertrude Klinck is a milk peddler, and yesterday she left her horse wagon and cans on Russell Street while she entered a grocery store to make some purchases. She desires to know now where her horse and wagon are,” said a notice on Dec. 8, … Continue Reading →