Holidays

Jingle Bells: A Christmas Carol?

One of the most cheerful hallmarks of the holiday season, ‘Jingle Bells’, invokes images of snowy landscapes, festive decor, and the warmth of Christmas spirit with its catchy, jubilant melody. Yet the story behind this ubiquitous song may not be as straightforward as its lyrics suggest. Penned by James Lord Pierpont in the 19th century, …

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Fact Check: The Thanksgiving Reenactment Tradition in Virginia

In the heartland of America’s rich past, the state of Virginia carries an iconic tradition that ties closely to the nation’s Thanksgiving history. It is believed that the Berkeley Plantation contributes immensely to this history as the home of the first English Thanksgiving. This captivating subject warrants a comprehensive examination. Our endeavor will first explore …

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The True Story Behind ‘Franksgiving’: Fact-checking Roosevelt’s Thanksgiving Change

In America’s tapestry of traditions, the Thanksgiving holiday stands out as an emblem of gratitude, autumnal festivities, and familial gatherings. Part of its intrigue, unbeknownst to many, lies in a historical wrinkle known as ‘Franksgiving’. This shift of the holiday’s celebration from the last to the third Thursday of November, orchestrated by President Franklin D. …

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