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A Closer Look at “One Minute Past Christmas” by George T. Arnold and Regina Jeffers

I came to this story late in the aspect that the nucleus of it was written by my former journalism professor. When I read it, I like it, but I had the feeling that something was missing. Even so, I … Continue reading

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What You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

It took more than 200 years after the first Thanksgiving before it became an official holiday. The first Thanksgiving was a three day feast, which included hunting, athletic games, and eating. The Pilgrims dined on venison, NOT turkey. There was … Continue reading

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Tidbits Regarding Some of Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

Below are some facts associated with Christmas, but are rarely mentioned in common conversation. Did you know… Sir Henry Cole was the first to send out a Christmas card. The year was 1843. Cole bemoaned the number of letters he … Continue reading

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The Tradition of Gift Giving

“Then they opened their treasures and presented him the gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” In Biblical times, the gift of gold indicated the receiver stood in high standing, but giving gold to a child would have … Continue reading

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Common Riding, a Langholm Tradition Celebrated on the Last Friday of July

Common Riding is an annual event celebrated in Scottish Border towns and in some other places, to commemorate the times of the past when local men risked their lives in order to protect their town and people. Common Riding, a … Continue reading

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Celebrating Christmastide

Celebrating Christmastide Christmastide (also Christmas or the Christmas season) is one of the seasons of the liturgical year of most Christian churches. It tends to be defined (with slight variations) as the period from Christmas Eve to the Epiphany. This … Continue reading

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Whuppity Scoorie?

So what is Whuppity Scoorie? It is a unique celebration of spring taking place in Lanark (on the east bank of the River Clyde), Scotland. On March 1, youngsters take part in the ancient custom of “Whuppity Scoorie.” They gather in … Continue reading

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