The Surprising History of The Sugar Plum Tree

Screen-shot-2013-11-03-at-4.35.30-PM-236x300We are not the original creators of The Sugar Plum Tree, our poem is simply the second version of a 19th century children’s poem written by Eugene Field. Surprising, right?

During the 1870’s, Field was a popular journalist from St. Louis Missouri, who was most know for his humorous articles and gossipy style featured in the St. Joseph Gazette. And he was a selfless man. Every single paycheck he received was sent to his wife and 8 children, claiming he had no head for the money himself.

In 1883 Field’s moved from St. Louis to Chicago to write for the Chicago Daily News. He contributed to a humorous column called Sharps and Flats. The most popular topic he wrote about, or poked fun at, was how Chicago was so much better than Boston.

It wasn’t until 1879 Field’s published his first poem, “Christmas Treasures.” After that, he published a total of 12 poems, one of them being The Sugar Plum Tree.  The two characters in the poem, the chocolate cat and gingerbread dog, is based off of his famous poem “The Duel” (most commonly known as The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat.)

Today, Field is most known for his light-hearted poem for children and we are so thrilled to have been read his poem when we were children. So here’s to you Mr. Eugene Field! Your legacy will live on through the 21st century and beyond, so long as children believe in The Sugar Plum Tree.


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