Crossroads (1955–1957)
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Our First Christmas Tree 

Todays theme is Our First Christmas Tree.


Ralph Murphy


Frank L. Moss


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Episode credited cast:
John Dierkes ... Emil
Percy Helton ... Ezra Perry
Lester Matthews ... Rev. John Schwan
Robert Paquin Robert Paquin ... Harry Peters
Don Taylor ... Rev. Henry Schwan
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Schmidt
Jean Willes ... Rachel Schwan
Rhys Williams ... Mr. Shamley


Todays theme is Our First Christmas Tree.

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Release Date:

21 December 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Worth Seeing This Old Television Special
2 May 2017 | by Sober-FriendSee all my reviews

Did you know that the use of Christmas trees in American churches was an innovation of the Rev. Heinrich Christian Schwan (1819-1905), pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Cleveland, Ohio, a member of the Missouri Synod (then known as Die Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Synode von Missouri, Ohio, und andern Staaten)? Schwan later became the third president of the Missouri Synod (1878-99).

The TV program is historically accurate, except for a few minor details and one competing claim for being the very first Christmas tree in a church in North America. The conflict that Pastor Schwan and his members endured was real and the drama in the TV program catches the real spirit of it.

This well made. It might seem a tad dated in terms of production value. It runs 25 minutes and it makes the most of every minute

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