It was a cold and blustery day here in New York but the beer flowed and the green reigned supreme. Even though the race was short the day was long on fun. I enjoyed every minute of it with my son.
This weeks “Postcard of the Week” comes from Quebec City, Canada. It was mailed to me on a cold February 5th 2015. It was -28 degrees celsius or -18 degrees fahrenheit kind of Canadian day.
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I purchased this postcard many years ago while visiting Bronner’s “Christmas Wonderland” in Frankenmuth, Michigan, it has to be my favorite of all time.
As a matter of fact I bought about 30 or 40 of these postcards and have sent them out over the years to family and friends. Sadly Bronner’s does not have this postcard anymore. This scan is from my personal collection.
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This weeks “Postcard of the Week” is from Russia or Russian Federation and is a New Year greeting. This particular card was sent to me from Lyuban, Belarus near the Minsk region on November 8th 2012. To this day it remains one of my most favorite in my collection.
During the Soviet years, Christmas celebrations were not allowed in Russia and the Soviet Union. New Year’s celebrations that were similar to Christmas celebrations elsewhere began in the 1930s. Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) took the place of Santa Claus at children’s parties. He was given a grandaughter, called Snegurochka (Snow Girl or Snow Maiden), to help him. At first the New Year holiday was for children, but later it became a holiday for everyone.
In the 1950s, there were some colorful greeting postcards in a Soviet realist style. A real revival of Russian greeting postcards occured in the 1960s. Although the artwork became more modern and international in style, the themes often show typical aspects of the Soviet and Russian culture. Many of the designs also show a decorative folk art influence.
Russians began celebrating Christmas again in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union. However, the New Year holiday remains much more important.
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Last holiday season I discovered “Christmas Blend” at our local coffee shop here in Binghamton, NY http://www.laveggiocoffee.com and I had to give it a try. If it says Christmas it has to be good, right! I purchased one pound and had them grind it for me as well, quickly becoming my favorite seasonal roast.
At the end of November this year I noticed on their website they would offer the ‘Christmas Blend” once again for the holidays along with two others, Holiday Blend and Yuletide. I promptly made my order! Having recently purchased a coffee grinder I opted for the whole bean.
The early morning light gleaming through our home office window, the ambient glow of four Christmas trees and a pipping hot cup of “Holiday Blend” and I’m in coffee heaven.
Lastly in the coming days the “Yuletide” roast will be released completing my holiday coffee addiction.
Do you have a favorite Holiday roast or coffee? I’d love to hear about it.
Christmas Blend: Chocolate, buttery mouth feel, candied fruit, spicy finish.
Holiday Blend: Orange & fudge.