Today marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of H.M.S. Titanic. Over the last hundred years the event has created countless devotees of Titanic legend and lore. Like the ship herself, Titanic merchandise and experiences are BIG business. So what on earth could be the connection between a ship that sailed for a few days in April and Christmas? More than you might expect! If you are looking for a direct Christmas connection to the actual ship and her voyage there is only one that I could find. There was a crew member who worked as a second class saloon steward named Mr. H. Christmas. His was one of the many souls lost in the sinking and his body was never recovered/identified.
Looking past direct connections you can find a whole other Titanic Christmas connection. There are two Titanic Museums that have been built in buildings looking like the ship. One of them is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. There are events and special happenings at the museum all year long. You can buy your own Titanic ornaments for your tree or you can buy a complete set-up to create a tree in the Edwardian style of the period. The museum has special events in December to mark the holiday aboard the ship. The sections of the museum that recreate various state rooms and sections of the ship, including the grand staircase, are all decorated for the season. Check out the pictures on the Titanic Museum website. It seems somewhat macabre to me that you can schedule a Christmas party on Titanic, including period dressed crew members delivering gifts to you. I suppose it must be the opulence and grandeur of the time that draws people to it. Be sure to watch the 2011 Christmas commercial. As you can imagine the majority of the information from the museum right now is centered on the anniversary. Keep checking back to the site to find details on Christmas 2012 happening at the Titanic is Pigeon Forge!