Esther Howland: Valentine Queen
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!
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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Don’t Be a Scrooge — Read These Facts About “A Christmas Carol”
Nearly every TV Christmas special and Christmas movie indirectly or directly descends from A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel about Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Here’s a deeper div...
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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Rockettes!
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?
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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