If your family is like mine, when the holidays are getting ready to roll around, they start to ask, "What gifts do you want for the holidays?" When this happens, remember your genealogy wish list. Here are some ideas that might delight anyone working on their family tree.
I love watching A Christmas Storyjust as much as the next guy during the holidays, but this year I am on the prowl for your not-so-normal Christmas movies. Thanks to Google and our online catalog, I was able to pin down a list of titles that serve Christmas up in the most unconventional way:
The temperature is dropping, and it seems like everyone is out shopping. We might not ever get a moment's peace in all of this holiday bustle and hustle.
December is chock FULL of holidays and occasions, but sometimes we forget to take a minute or two to make some memories with those we love. With so many holidays crammed into the month, I love to remember one of the obscure ones... December 4th is National Cookie Day!
As the Holidays approach, many families often plan fun activities to enjoy time together. Some families get together to see a holiday themed movie or maybe attend the local tree lighting ceremony. These wonderful family traditions make the holidays such a special time of year. In Excelsior Springs, where I live, it wouldn't be the holidays without visiting the Hall of Trees in the historic Hall of Waters. Each year, businesses and community organizations decorate trees for a fun and festive holiday display that children and adults alike can enjoy.
One of my most vivid Christmas memories is of my grandmother. Most everyone can say that, I suppose, but this one doesn’t involve going to her house for Christmas. My grandmother, Dorothy Perry, lived in Los Angeles for most of her life. We lived in Kansas City. I grew up during the 1950s and 60s, and travel to Los Angeles was quite expensive, as were as long distance telephone calls (you paid by the minute). As a result, I didn’t get to see or talk to her very much.
When I was younger, it was a tradition in most families to go downtown and look at the decorations and the store windows. If you did not have a car, you rode the bus. This was a tradition that could be found in towns and cities across the United States.
As we near the holiday season, thoughts generally turn to family gatherings. If you are like many families, you may have lost loved ones recently, so you may not be looking forward to these family gatherings. While there are many ways to cope with loss, one way I have found (and genealogists may agree) very helpful is to look at photos of past holidays.
Sometimes we wonder, “can I change the world?" And the answer is yes. If you are passionate enough, one person can change an entire nation. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of these passionate people. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929 as Michael King, Jr. to the parents of Michael King, Sr. and Alberta Williams. At fifteen, he entered college to begin his bachelor studies. By the time King was nineteen, he was an ordained minister with a sociology degree in hand.
March 23 is National Chip and Dip Day. If you’re throwing a party, or just want something to feast on while watching TV, chips and dip is a good way to go. Be it tortilla chips and salsa, or potato chips and ranch, or French onion dip, it’s all good. If you like fresh vegetables, or perhaps grow your own vegetables, why not try making a homemade salsa? Here are a few suggestions for books that can help you create your own dips: