While in Chicago this past summer I walked right by the Congress Hotel and I didn’t even take a picture and I’m still kicking myself. Rummaging Ebay like I always do for old photographs I stumbled across this amazing Kodachrome of the Congress Hotel in December 1965 recently.
I love everything about this image and the Christmas tree steals the show.
The way back machine has brought us to December 2010. I love this image of Max decorating our Christmas tree, his expression is priceless! Another great chrome in the family collection. Happy decorating!
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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.
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Returning home this afternoon from celebrating my ancient sisters 40th birthday I was treated to a wonderful greeting from my friend Catherine. Catherine, who lives in Malaysia and soon will be celebrating the Chinese New Year beginning on January 31st.
On New Year’s Eve her and her family will celebrate with a family reunion dinner. Then on the first day of the Chinese New Year they will become vegetarian for a day (Her family tradition). Chinese New Year is the most festive season of China. Celebrations will consist of lion and/or dragon dance performances on the streets, people will be playing with firecrackers and fireworks adorned in new clothes to celebrate a grand new year, and to leave all the bad and old things behind.
Children will be happy as they will receive a red packet called “Hong Bao” (meaning red package). Red envelopes are gifts presented at social and family gatherings. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits. Red packets are normally given to by married couples to single people, especially children.
On the fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year, the Chinese Valentine’s Day is celebrated. And this year it falls on the same day as the American Valentine’s Day. Catherine excitedly writes “Many couples are excited for this as many of them will get married on this day.
I am extremely fascinated by other cultures and customs. Even though I have never been to China or Malaysia for that fact, I feel somewhat connected through the writings of my friends.