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Christmas in New York City, 1835

Posted by Sherry on 12/5/2016 in Biography/Memoir, Celebrations, Christmas, Christmas gifts |

A Dutch Christmas on St. Nicholas Day from Mary Mapes Dodge: Jolly Girl by Miriam E. Mason, one of the many volumes in the Childhood of Famous Americans series: “First they all sang several songs. Then somebody told the story of the first trip good Saint Nicholas made across the ocean from Holland. Finally, there […]

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Christmas in Kentucky, 1809

Posted by Sherry on 12/4/2016 in Biography/Memoir, Celebrations, Christmas, General |

From Kit Carson, Trailblazer and Scout by Shannon Garst: “The homemade crib in the snug log cabin of the Linsey Carsons was seldom empty. When on Christmas Eve of 1809 the thin wail of a newborn babe rose from the battered cradle, the little cabin was already fairly bulging with Carson offspring, and the birth […]

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Christmas in Leipzig, Germany, c. 1735

Posted by Sherry on 12/17/2015 in 1972, Celebrations, Christmas, General, Music and Hymns |

The Twenty Children of Johann Sebastian Bach by David Arkin. As a part of a large donation to my library of ex-library books, I found this wonderful book about Bach and his family. The author says that of the twenty children (by two successive wives), seven did not live. So, that leaves thirteen little Bachs […]

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Christmas in Florida, 1950

Posted by Sherry on 12/12/2015 in 1950, Celebrations, Christmas, General |

From the book, The Seminole Indians by Sonia Bleeker: “Florida, of course, does not have a white Christmas. Usually Christmas Day is bright and warm. Everywhere among the Seminole settlements Christmas trees stand gaily next to the open chickees, their bulbs glittering in the warm sun. Everyone rises early, even though men, women, and children […]

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Christmas in Crawford Falls, Oregon, 1963

Posted by Sherry on 12/11/2015 in 1963, Christmas, General, Poets and poetry, Young Adult Fiction |

Today’s Christmas vignette is from the verse novel, Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips, about a teenager named Laura who must cope with her mother’s bipolar disorder in an era when mental illness was a taboo subject. I’m not sure how far we’ve moved toward openness and understanding of mental illness and mentally ill people in […]

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Christmas in Appleton, England, 1957

Posted by Sherry on 12/9/2015 in Celebrations, Children's Fiction, Christmas, Christmas gifts, General |

The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden. “This is a story about wishing. It is also about a doll and a little girl. It begins with the doll. Her name, of course, was Holly. It could not have been anything else, for she was dressed for Christmas in a red dress, and red […]

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Christmas in Holland, c.1910

Kit and Kat flattened their noses against all the shop windows, and looked at the toys and cakes. “I wish St. Nicholas would bring me that,” said Kit, pointing to a very large St. Nicholas cake. “And I want some of those,” Kat said, pointing to some cakes made in the shapes of birds and […]

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Christmas in Oregon, 1843

Posted by Sherry on 12/6/2015 in Celebrations, Christmas, General, Nonfiction, US History Project |

From the book, Westward Ho! Eleven Explorers of the West by Charlotte Folz Jones, “Mapping the Path for Manifest Destiny, John C. Fremont.” “A week later, on Christmas morning of 1843, they camped beside another lake, which Fremont named Christmas Lake. It is either present-day Hart Lake or Crump Lake. By this time, they were […]

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Christmas in Morocco, c.1950

Posted by Sherry on 12/5/2015 in Africa, Around the World, Christmas, General, Morocco |

The Secret of the Fourth Candle by Patricia St. John. Aisha looked awestruck at the candles and then back at the presents . . . She knew at last why the little girl lit one more candle every week. It was in honor of a Baby called Jesus who was coming next week, and then […]

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Christmas in Maine, 1858

Posted by Sherry on 12/4/2015 in --December, Birthdays, Celebrations, Christmas, General, Nonfiction |

Earmuffs for Everyone! How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs by Meghan McCarthy. Chester Greenwood was born on December 4, 1858. He allegedly had large, cold ears and invented earmuffs to protect those ears at the age of 15. Well, according to author Meghan McCarthy, Chester at least improved the idea of […]

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