Category Archives: Holiday

Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

I almost didn’t write this blog. Truth is, I am unfamiliar with the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas. Or rather, I have heard the song a few times but could not quote a single line. That isn’t to say I do not appreciate that it is a favored hymn to many, which is in part… CONTINUE READING…

Turn of the Century Christmas Cards

Turn of the Century Christmas Cards

Due to my never ending fascination with Christmas history, including vintage Christmas cards, I found a bunch more I have to share. These are merely a handful of cards dating to around the turn into the 20th century. There are a surprising number of very old Christmas cards, most of which are kept safe in… CONTINUE READING…

Reindeer and Santa Claus

Reindeer and Santa Claus

In North America, the species of deer we primarily associate with driving Santa Claus’s sleigh are called caribou. The genus name is Rangifer tarandus, within which are several subspecies. As with many species in the vast animal kingdom, the names attributed to subspecies vary depending upon dozens of factors, only one of which may be… CONTINUE READING…

Christmas Crooners

Christmas Crooners

For this Saturday of the Christmas month, I am again focusing on songs of the season as available on YouTube. The previous two Saturdays I shared entertaining, catchy songs with unique twists. Christmas hymns with lyrics conveying the serious religious message of Christ’s birth will always be my favorites, hence my highlighting them in a… CONTINUE READING…

Christmas Trivia from the USA, and more tidbits

Christmas Trivia from the USA, and more tidbits

As a sorta followup to last Friday’s blog Fun and Fascinating Christmas Trivia, here are more interesting factoids about the holiday. These tidbits center around the United States and pop culture. Enjoy! Christmas Trivia from the United States The first Christmas celebrated on land that is now part of the United States took place near… CONTINUE READING…

Poinsettia, the Christmas Flower

Poinsettia, the Christmas Flower

The gorgeous, vivid red and green plant known as the POINSETTIA has become a major adjunct to the other Christmas season decorations. In 2020, poinsettia sales topped an estimated $250 million. WOW! This proves the poinsettias importance in Christmas history and traditions, but how did it come to be? POINSETTIAS are a stunningly beautiful tropical… CONTINUE READING…

Retro Americana Christmas Cards

Retro Americana Christmas Cards

I absolutely adore old fashioned, vintage look Christmas cards. I’ve shared many in the past, but haven’t veered into the more recent eras or focused on American motifs. I ran across a couple of retro Christmas cards, quite by accident, and naturally then lost hours of my life searching Google and Pinterest for more! LOL!… CONTINUE READING…

Fun and Fascinating Christmas Trivia

Fun and Fascinating Christmas Trivia

Fun and fascinating Christmas trivia! Write these down to dazzle your holiday guests! The crew of NASA’s Gemini 6A space flight made history when they played “Jingle Bells” on December 16, 1965, earning the jolly jingle the Guinness World Record for being the first song ever played in space. Written by Unitarian church organist James Lord… CONTINUE READING…

Modern Christmas Hits

Modern Christmas Hits

More Christmas music, please! Musical Saturday once again with a selection of unique holiday-themed videos from contemporary artists.  As I noted last Saturday, when it comes to Christmas music, I lean heavily toward the classic songs written a hundred-plus years ago that contain strong religious themes within the lyrics. Those hymns, in all the varied… CONTINUE READING…

Christmas Carols: Joy to the World

Christmas Carols: Joy to the World

Are you ready for a shocking fact? This beloved carol was not written for the Christmas season or to celebrate the birth of Christ or even to be a song! Quite a surprise, isn’t it? Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was one of the most prolific and celebrated creators of hymns. In 1719, Watts published “The Psalms… CONTINUE READING…