Genealogy Friday: 5 Things to Consider in Creating a New Holiday Custom

The holidays are upon us and the spirit of the season.  However, after the true reason for the season {the birth of Christ,} come the most important part of the season.  Spending time with family. Each family has their own … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: Christmas Lights

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The idea and shape and form of Christmas lights have greatly transformed themselves since their inception in the 17th Century. In 17th Century Germany, the idea of decorating a Christmas tree with lights began in which small candles were attached … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: Christmas colors

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We all know that red and green are the traditional colors to represent Christmas, but how did these colors become the symbols of the most wonderful time of year? The colors of red and green were chosen from nature.  When … Continued

History of the Shamrock

On this St. Patrick’s Day, I thought we would take a look at one of the popular symbols of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day, the Shamrock. A shamrock is a young sprig of clover.  The word shamrock derives from the … Continued

The Three St. Valentine’s of Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! The history of Valentine’s Day is long, with the first record of Valentine’s celebrations being associated to courtly love, dating back to 1400 France. However, the history of Valentine’s dates back even further to three martyred saints, … Continued

The History of Trick or Treating

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The practice of dressing up for Halloween and going trick or treating originates from a Scottish custom known as souling.  The earliest reference to wearing costumes dates back to 1585, although the practice is believed to pre-date this first recording. … Continued