Blog Caroling: O, Little Town of Bethlehem

Like many creative things in our Geneablogosphere, blog caroling owes its origin to the irrepressible footnoteMaven. Since I blogged earlier this month at the Catholic Gene [here] that my favorite Christmas Carol is O Holy Night, this evening here I’ll blog carol my second favorite Christmas song, with the mandatory Nat King Cole rendition. O Little Town of Bethlehem O …Continue reading →

Classic Christmas Correspondence: Yes, Virginia . . .

One of the iconic bits of twentieth century lore consists of a letter to the editor of a newspaper from a eight year old girl and the editor’s response.  The letter written by Virginia O’Hanlon, daughter of   a New City physician, was addressed to the editor  of the New York Sun, a major New York broadsheet which published from 1833 …Continue reading →

Noel Miscellany

Jasia has posted the 38th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic is “The New Millenium.” I didn’t go to the Carnival this time because my experience of Y2K was rather boring, frankly. The theme for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: New Year’s Resolutions. As the year winds to a close in the next …Continue reading →

Christmas 1958

Craig, Baby Sister, and brother with Sankt Nikolaus inFrankfurt am Main

My Trilingual Christmases

Geneablogger footnoteMaven has started a Christmas caroling meme. I’ve mentioned before that part of my childhood was spent in Germany. I went to a German school for part of that time and we had a German nanny. I was immersed in the culture and language at an early age. And Christmas in Germany became one of my favorite times and …Continue reading →

Sankt Nikolaus Tag

When I lived in Germany as a child, we celebrated every year Sankt Nikolaus Tag. On the night of December 5, we would place our shoes outside the door. If we had been good that year, Sankt Nikolaus would leave chocolates, fruit, and other goodies in our shoes. If we had been bad, then we would find wood switches in …Continue reading →

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