Tag Archives: Holidays

April Fools, historically considered

1 Apr

April Fools tradition became popularized in Britain after Apr 01, 1700. “Celebrating” or deliberately engaging in foolishness goes back earlier, though: April Fools tradition popularized – Apr 01, 1700 – HISTORY.com

“FOR HATE IS STRONG AND MOCKS THE SONG”: A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS CAROL

19 Dec

I love Christmas carols and I would have a hard time choosing my favorite, but as a historian—and a specialist on the American Civil War, particularly—I have always been deeply moved by “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

Historian Robert Tracy McKenzie recounts the story of this Civil War Christmas carol in this post at his blog: “FOR HATE IS STRONG AND MOCKS THE SONG”: A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS CAROL | Faith and History

Dispelling Darkness: A Christian Paradox

17 Dec

Historian Kristin Du Mez offers some wise words for us as Christmas nears: Dispelling Darkness: A Christian Paradox – Anxious Bench

The Christmas Truce of 1914: Myth and History

6 Dec

On December 24-25, 1914, soldiers on both sides of World War I put down their weapons and celebrated the birth of Christ. But as moving as the story is, the Christmas Truce actually exemplifies that “history is impossible but necessary.” Historian Chris Gehrz discusses this here at the Anxious Bench: The Christmas Truce of 1914: Myth and History – Anxious Bench

Bringing the Spirit of (Medieval) Santa Back to Christmas

30 Nov

Historian Beth Allison Barr offers some historically-informed reflections on Christmas past and present. (Also, her reflections seem apropos Sinterklaas Day, which will soon be observed here in Orange City.) Read Barr’s Anxious Bench post here: Bringing the Spirit of (Medieval) Santa Back to Christmas – Anxious Bench

EEL AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS: AN AUTHENTIC THANKSGIVING MENU

23 Nov

 

Allow historian Robert Tracy McKenzie to clarify the likely menu at the “First Thanksgiving”:

We can get too caught up in discussing what they [the Pilgrims and Wampanoag] had to eat, but it is worth noting that almost nothing we associate with a “traditional” Thanksgiving meal would have b…

Read about the menu here: EEL AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS: AN AUTHENTIC THANKSGIVING MENU | Faith and History

Lincoln’s Thanksgiving: A Call to Gratitude, Humility, and Empathy

22 Nov

In the wake of a divisive election, we should revisit Abraham Lincoln’s original 1863 proclamation of a national day of Thanksgiving. We’ll find not only gratitude, but the virtues of humility and empathy. Read historian Chris Gehrz’s piece here at the Anxious Bench: Lincoln’s Thanksgiving: A Call to Gratitude, Humility, and Empathy

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