Some holiday traditions are born with each new child. Others are passed down through the generations. Sometimes, we have forgotten why we do the things we do, but we still do them. Probably, because Great-Grandma Isabella showed us how.
Mom had three tree ornaments that were always the last to go on the tree. When my brother and sister and I started having trees of our own, Mom gave each of us one of the ornaments. We treasure them.
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.
We have all heard the Christmas song, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” In several verses, you sing about figgy pudding. So, what is figgy pudding? It is a thick, heavy, cake-like Christmas, dessert popular in 19th century England.
Have you hit a brick wall in your Genealogy research? Need help translating that German document? Having trouble with FamilyTree Maker? The Midwest Genealogy Center may be able to help. We have staff members and volunteers that will meet with you by appointment. This free service does not replace the assistance of a professional and/or paid researcher, but in many cases, our staff and volunteers may be able to help you break through that brick wall in your research.
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.
World War II was raging, and my telephone operator mother wanted to do her part to assist in the war effort. She had never married, so was unattached with a family of her own. At age 40, on 22 March 1945, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Air Corps, Third Air Force at Fort Des Moines, Iowa despite being considered almost too old to enlist. Many years later, in an1992 article from the St.
Does anyone watch NCIS? November 5th’s show was about Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his dad. He and his dad have a strained relationship at times, like a lot of us. In this show, Gibbs’s dad needs to go see a dying buddy from the war. He wants his son to take him. Of course, Gibbs was busy on a case, but he reluctantly took some time. Gibbs had heard the war story many times in the past from his father. But did he really listen to all the details?
Want to know how to cook for hundreds of soldiers or sailors? While recently searching for a coworker whose grandfather was a Navy cook on the U.S.S. Missouri, I stumbled across these little gems online. Just Google "U.S. Army" or "Navy Cookbook," and you will find out exactly how much it took to feed a unit of hungry fighting men. With minimum portions of about twenty and usually around one hundred or more; the sheer amounts of ingredients are a bit hard to fathom.