‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly know today as ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore was written in 1822 and published anonymously in the Troy, New York Sentinel on December 23, 1823. He would not claim

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Please welcome Julie Klassen!

  It is a delight to welcome Julie Klassen to my blog today. I met Julie at the 2013 JASNA AGM in Minneapolis when we were fortunate to be seated next to each other at the author signing. I have

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Handel, composer of “Messiah”

  In 1741 George Frideric Handel wrote Messiah, his greatest musical creation, at the age of 56 in a single wild writing jag lasting 24 days. According to Newman Flower’s George Frideric Handel: His Personality and His Times: “He (Handel)

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Christmas Traditions ~ Part 2

  Candy Canes— Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorate the Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided have the ends bent to depict a shepherd’s crook and he would pass them out


Celebrate Christmas ANY time of the Year!

There are many, many places where the holiday spirit comes wildly alive during the months of November and December. My personal favorite is Disneyland in Anaheim. Then there are those places where a mere month or two of Christmas cheer

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Appetizers for the Appetite

Planning a Christmas party? In need of a treat to bring to the office party? Have hungry mouths to feed after the energy-depleting present opening? Here are just a few appetizer recipes, easy and elaborate, to choose from.   Sweet

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Christmas Traditions ~ Part 1

Decorating with Evergreen— Placing boughs of evergreens into the house is a practice dating to ancient times and present in numerous cultures for various reasons signifying life, prosperity, good luck, and so on. Church records dating to the 7th century

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Regency Christmas Quiz for PRIZES!

Time to test your knowledge of Christmas history and common traditions during the early decades of the 1800s. Reading my holiday stories and blog posts — the latter are in the Library at Pemberley —  will finally pay off! I tried to keep