President’s Day: The Story Behind the Day America Celebrates Her Presidents

President's Day

TweetShareShare “HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY!” Celebrated on the third Monday of February, it’s one of 12 federal holidays (originally proclaimed in 1879). But the celebrations had been around much longer, initially to celebrate the birthday of the “Father of our Country” George Washington, and later the Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln. In fact, since 1862, the U.S.…

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John Howland: How One Pilgrim’s Miracle Rescue Created One of America’s Greatest Family Trees

TweetShareShare   Consider this diverse list of notable Americans: U.S. politicians and leaders H.W., G.W. and Jeb Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sarah Palin Poets Henry Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Actors Humphrey Bogart, Alec and Stephen Baldwin, Chevy Chase, Anthony Perkins and John Lithgow Childcare expert Dr. Benjamin Spock Founder of Mormon religion…

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Four Chaplains Day: A Day of Faith, Sacrifice and Service

TweetShareShare It’s a day the U.S. military has celebrated since 1951, but the tale has grown dusty and dark with time. February 3 is “Four Chaplains Day.” Never heard of it? You should. It’s a fascinating story of courage, service and faith. It’s the tale of the day the U.S.A.T. Dorchester–packed with over 900 men–was…

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The Santa Chronicles: The Rise of Sinter Klass (Part 2)

TweetShareShare How did St. Nicholas become Santa Claus? It’s an important part of the real history of Santa Claus. In part 1, we investigated the humble beginnings of a devout bishop from southern Turkey known as Nicholas. His generous deeds were legendary. Now let’s dive into the European chapter that sets up the myths and…

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The Santa Chronicles: How A Man Named Nicholas became Santa Claus (Part 1)

TweetShareShareHis name was Nikolaos or Nicholas…St. Nicholas in the Greek Orthodox tradition. You and I know him better as “St. Nick.” Around the world he has other names: Sinterklass (Dutch), Kris Kringle (English), Papa Noel (French/Spanish), Weihnachtsmann (German), Grandfather Frost (Russia)…and SANTA CLAUS. Most of what we know about this “jolly old elf” and his…

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Memorial Day: How Former Slaves Created a National Holiday

TweetShareShare American summers are built around three holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Memorial Day and Labor Day are the bookends. The July 4th celebration is the centerpiece. Most Americans view Memorial Day as the “kickoff” for summer…and it is. But there’s much more to this holiday than we think. Unfortunately, many contemporary…

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Saint Patrick: The Tale of a Slave for Christ

TweetShareShareWho was Saint Patrick?” Why do we celebrate his name today? His legacy is much more than festive green parties, green beer and shamrocks. Patrick was born around 385 AD in Britain during a tumultuous time. At the time, Britain was under Roman rule and his family lived in constant fear. Because the great Roman…

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The True History of Valentine’s Day

TweetShareShare Valentine’s Day is February 14. It’s traditionally a day of love. But what’s the story behind the day? A man named Valentine of Terni lived in the 3rd century AD. It was a period of deadly plagues and severe Christian persecution. The great Roman Empire was starting its long disintegration. With a small pox…

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