Traditions of Christmas: Christmas Crackers

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Christmas crackers are part of the Christmas celebrations in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the commonwealth countries. “Crackers were originally called ‘cosaques’ and were thought to be named after the ‘Cossack’ soldiers who had a reputation for riding on their … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: Christmas Cards

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“The first known ‘personalized’ Christmas Card was sent in 1891 by Annie Oakley, the famous sharpshooter and star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. She was in Glasgow, Scotland at Christmas 1891 and sent cards back to her friends and … Continued

History of Christmas Recipes: Decorating Christmas Cookies

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Another favorite Christmas past-time is decorating Christmas cookies. As early as 1597, Germans began hanging decorated communion wafers on their trees. The Church of England used a practice called mumming, which used food cut outs to help them depict stories … Continued

History of Christmas Recipes: Fruitcake

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Fruitcake has had many jokes made about it over the years and become a highly ridiculed Christmas dessert, especially in the United States “The earliest recipe from ancient Rome lists pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins that were mixed into … Continued

The Pilgrims: Religious Worship

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As we know from our earlier studies, the Pilgrims believed that the Catholic Church and Church of England had strayed from Christ’s teachings. This was part of the reason they came to the New World. King James I {VI of … Continued

8 Ways to Organize Grandpa’s Genealogy Research

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Last week, we discussed the options of what to do with Grandpa’s genealogy research now that he’s gone. This week let’s flip the coin.  You decide to keep the research, but it is disorganized, and you are overwhelmed. So, what … Continued