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The History and Origin of Christmas

The History and Origin of Christmas

on December 7, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

Before Christmas was ever known as Christmas it was known as the celebration of the winter solstice.  The origin of the winter solstice dates all the way back to the pre-Christian era or B.C.  It was primarily celebrated in two different parts of the world, Scandinavia and Rome.  In Rome the celebration of the winter solstice took place during the […]

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Teddy Roosevelt 2.0

Teddy Roosevelt 2.0

on December 6, 2018, 8:51 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, December 6, 2018. On this date in 1910, Theodore Roosevelt was uncharacteristically idle. He’d returned in late summer to the United States after a year on safari in Africa and touring the capitals of Europe, then embarked on an American speaking tour, and now was home at Sagamore Hill contemplating the next phase of his life. […]

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Jesus and Christmas

on December 6, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, Religion

Up until a few years ago, when someone criticized the celebration of Christmas (usually as a pagan holiday), I responded with a defense of what I have long believed was the biblical basis for the holiday. Yes, I firmly believe Luke 2 is the telling of the events surrounding the birth of Yashua (Jesus’ real name, though scholars don’t all […]

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WHEN IS ST. NICHOLAS DAY?

WHEN IS ST. NICHOLAS DAY?

on December 6, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

WHEN IS ST. NICHOLAS DAY: THE FEAST OF SINTERKLAAS When does St. Nicholas come? Many countries in Europe celebrate the Feast of Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, on the eve of December 6. After dinner, families hunt for their presents, following clues in funny, anonymous poems. In Belgium and the Netherlands, a fellow dressed as St. Nicholas would arrive by ship on December 6 […]

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The Victorian and Albert Tree

The Victorian and Albert Tree

on December 6, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

In 1846, the popular Royals, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were illustrated in the Illustrated London News. They were standing with their children around a Christmas Tree. Unlike the previous Royal family, Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at Court immediately became fashionable – not only in Britain, but with fashion-conscious East Coast […]

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December 6th in History

December 6th in History

on December 6, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 25 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Anniversary of the Founding of Quito (Ecuador) Christian feast day: Abraham of Kratia Aemilianus (Roman Catholic Church) Nicholas of Myra, and its related observances: St Nicholas Day, where St. Nicholas/Santa Claus […]

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Christmas Quote for December 6th

Christmas Quote for December 6th

on December 6, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, People

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge He was the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929). A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually […]

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The First English Trees

The First English Trees

on December 5, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

The Christmas Tree first came to England with the Georgian Kings who came from Germany. At this time also, German Merchants living in England decorated their homes with a Christmas Tree. The British public were not fond of the German Monarchy, so did not copy the fashions at Court, which is why the Christmas Tree did not establish in Britain […]

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“Merry Christmas” – a film about the 1914 truce (France, 2005)

“Merry Christmas” – a film about the 1914 truce (France, 2005)

on December 5, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

By Mustela Nivalis  / The Libertarian Alliance I personally find the 1914 Christmas truce on the Western Front remarkable for the following reason: using the famous image about the lamps going out across Europe, the Christmas truce can be viewed as the very last flickering of the dying pre-WW1-era. An era when borders were just lines on the map, when […]

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December 5th in History

December 5th in History

on December 5, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

December 5 is the 339th day of the year (340th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 26 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Christian feast day: Abercius Clement of Alexandria (Episcopal Church) Sabbas the Sanctified December 5 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Bathtub Party Day (unofficial) Children’s Day (Suriname) Day of the Ninja (unofficial) Day of Military Honour – Battle of […]

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Quote for Today December 5, 2013

Quote for Today December 5, 2013

on December 5, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

There was indeed a caste system in Maycomb, but to my mind it worked this way: the older citizens, the present generation of people who had lived side by side for years and years, were utterly predictable to one another: they took for granted attitudes, character shadings, even gestures, as having been repeated in each generation and refined by time. […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer Chicago’s Holy Founding-Père Jacques Marquette-Exploring Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois & the Mississippi River

American Minute with Bill Federer Chicago’s Holy Founding-Père Jacques Marquette-Exploring Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois & the Mississippi River

on December 5, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

Indians gnawed off two of his fingers and roughly sawed off his thumb. He escaped and with the help of Dutch traders and made his way back to Quebec and then France. This was French missionary Isaac Jogues, who taken prisoner by the Iroquois in 1641. Indians made him run the deadly gauntlet, as described in The Jesuit Martyrs of North America, […]

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A Great Soldier’s Sorrow

A Great Soldier’s Sorrow

on December 4, 2018, 9:45 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, December 4, 2018. On this date in 1783, George Washington bade a tearful farewell to his fellow Continental Army officers before decamping for his beloved Mount Vernon. In late November, the last British troops had been removed from New York City, as the Colonists’ war for independence came to its successful conclusion. General Washington resigned as […]

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Quote for Today

on December 4, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

“In   recent years, the phrase “public-private partnership” has come into vogue as a description of nominally private corporate concerns that work intimately with the federal government. In such an arrangement, which is often described as “corporatism,” government — which has the power to tax, regulate, subsidize, control, and ultimately to destroy — is invariably the senior partner. In Mussolini’s Italy, such “partnerships” were called “consortia,” and they provided […]

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December 4th in History

December 4th in History

on December 4, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

December 4 is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 27 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Christian feast day: Ada Barbara Bernard degli Uberti Clement of Alexandria (Anglicanism) John of Damascus Nicholas Ferrar (Anglicanism) Osmund Sigiramnus December 4 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Day of Shango (Santería, Lukumí) First […]

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December 3rd in History

December 3rd in History

on December 3, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

December 3 is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 28 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Advocate’s Day (India) Christian feast day: Abbo of Auxerre Pope Abraham of Alexandria (Coptic, 6 Koiak)) Adrian (Ethernan) Birinus Cassian of Tangier Emma (of Lesum or of Bremen) Francis Xavier Blessed Johann Nepomuk von Tschiderer zu […]

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December 2nd in History

December 2nd in History

on December 2, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

December 2 is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 29 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Armed Forces Day (Cuba) Christian feast day: Bibiana Channing Moore Williams (Anglicanism) Chromatius December 2 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (United Nations) National Day (Laos) National Day (United Arab […]

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Quote for Today

on December 2, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, People

“My Christian home and education did not teach me what God wanted to do with my life. It taught me that I am to be obedient to His direction and leading in spite of my personal desires. I stayed in the military because I felt God’s call… The Marine Corps still embeds corps values of courage, honor and commitment in […]

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The Nazi Romance With Islam Has Some Lessons for the United States

The Nazi Romance With Islam Has Some Lessons for the United States

on December 1, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

by David Mikics  / Reprinted with permission from Tabletmag.com. Both Hitler and Himmler had a soft spot for Islam. Hitler several times fantasized that, if the Saracens had not been stopped at the Battle of Tours, Islam would have spread through the European continent—and that would have been a good thing, since “Jewish Christianity” wouldn’t have gone on to poison […]

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December 1st in History

December 1st in History

on December 1, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

December 1 is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 30 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Battle of the Sinop Day (Russia) Christian feast day: Blessed Bruna Pellesi Blessed Charles de Foucauld Castritian Eligius Edmund Campion Nicholas Ferrar (Episcopal Church) December 1 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Damrong Rajanubhab Day (Thailand) Earliest day on which Farmer’s […]

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