From the tome, Sweden and the Swedes By William Widgery Thomas 1891 (pages 197-210) CHAPTER XV. CHRISTMAS IN THE NORTHLAND. LL Sweden gives itself up to the enjoyment of Yule, tide. First comes Christmas eve, next Christmas itself, then second-day Christmas, then third-day ^^ Christmas, … Continue reading A Christmas in the Northland (Sweden)
In early autumn of 1621, the 53 surviving Pilgrims celebrated their successful harvest, as was the English custom. During this time, "many of the Indians coming... amongst the rest their great king Massasoit, with some ninety men." Wouldn't it have been wonderful to have been … Continue reading Ancestors at the First Thanksgiving
Today is the 100 yr anniversary of the death of Sarah Orne Jewett, Maine author of "The Country of Pointed Firs", http://tiny.cc/oj37Wsary. Sarah was a famous 19th century author, and a cousin in our family tree.
One fateful day, John Howland was tossed into the sea from aboard the Mayflower during a fierce storm and bravely survived! Had he not, I'd hate to think where I'd be today . . . I would not. Governor William Bradford (ancestor of my husband … Continue reading Man Overboard
The year 1717 "is rendered memorable, by the unusual quantity of snow, which fell on the twentieth and twenty-fourth of February. In these two storms, the earth was covered with snow, from ten to fifteen feet, and, in some places, to twenty feet, deep. Many … Continue reading His Ladye Love
Turf and Twig, otherwise known as "Livery of Seisin", is a ceremony performed in medieval England that effected the transfer of land from one party to another. This practice was brought to the American Colonies and continued until the late 17th century. I first heard … Continue reading Turf and Twig Ceremony