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Esther Howland: Valentine Queen

February 12, 2019

In photographs, she presents the grim, humorless visage of a middle-aged, Victorian spinster. But Esther Howland popularized valentine giving in the United States and, by the time of her death in 1904, had earned the sobriquet “Mother of the Americ...

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The Nutcracker? Sweet!

December 19, 2018

Going to see a local production of The Nutcracker ballet is a holiday tradition for many families. Surprisingly, watching this old-fashioned entertainment is a relatively new idea. Based on a fairy tale The ballet, with famous, original music b...

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Rockettes!

December 17, 2018

Kick your holidays into high gear with these facts about America’s most famous dance troupe: the Rockettes, a part of Christmas for millions. The Missouri Rockets The Rockettes’ performance home base has been Radio City Music Hall in New Yo...

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Do You Know Your Christmas Capitals?

December 12, 2018

People all over the world celebrate the holidays in different ways, but there are some standards of the holiday that are nearly universal. Here are the cities and towns that can make a claim as the birthplace, chief production area, or “capital” ...

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