History of the Holidays

The history behind the Purple Heart and the creation of the Purple Heart Day.

In the US Armed Forces, the Purple Heart is second only to the Medal of Honor in terms of recognition. Furthermore, it is the oldest military award in the United States- but where did it originate?

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Out with the old and in with the new? What happened to Columbus Day?

I woke up today to a text from my oldest stating: ‘Happy Indigenous People’s Day.’ So I had to jump on google calendars and look to see what I had missed. Nope- the google calendar still states- Federal Holiday- Columbus Day. However, all the major museums, government buildings, military installations, History.com, and the Smithsonian are…

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes are being sold- Labor Day must be on us again!

To me, Labor Day was always linked to my birthday- granted it only happens once every seven years, but it feels like my own special day. For the last 20+ years, it has been a free day off of work for me- an extended birthday weekend with pay. It is also the undeclared official start…

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Earthquakes, sandstorms, and missing pieces of wood…it must be Easter.

My typical way of identifying upcoming holidays was using the holiday display at the local grocery store. My cheat system has come to a halt since I have discovered Fred Meyer’s grocery delivery system, and I haven’t walked into a grocery store in months. I have not had cable in 6 years, so I don’t…

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The very dark history behind Kawanzaa- riots, death, criminals, and a very new holiday.

Kwanzaa- a holiday that I only know because it is on my calendar, but it must be important because it is on my calendar. The holiday was started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga (born Ronald McKinley Everett), professor and chairman of Black studies at California State University, until 2002, because he believed that Africans…

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The ‘Yin’ to Saint Nicholas ‘Yang’…the real story on Krampus

Loki, the Norse Goddess of Hell, Saint Nicholas, and Christmas- all linked together to form the very real myth of Krampus! I really need some sleep….

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Exploring the history of the 12 Days of Christmas

It was 2 in the morning; I was awake thinking about my book, the 2020 election, why my oven only works every other day, doggy daycare for Puppy Polar, what it would take to own a red panda, and if I could grow my own coffee beans. You know – standard 2 a.m. thoughts. So,…

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December 7th- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

I will be the first to say that I usually only remember December 7 importance because of Facebook and small print on my Stellar calendar, which says ‘Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.’ Such an important day for Americans. The first time we, as a country, were attacked on our land. Military and civilians died at the…

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The most famous reindeer of alllllll…..Rudolph the Red- Nose Reindeer! The story of his creator

I have always been a fan of the underdog. William Wallace, in Braveheart– even though you KNEW that wasn’t going to end well- no matter how good Mel Gibson looked in a kilt. Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi, a Catholic priest who lived in Brancaccio, Spain, and single-handily took on the local Sicilian Mafia. At the age…

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Veterans Day – Thank you to those who serve!

I have been knee deep in prepping for Veterans Day this year. I have had an amazing group of friends, co-workers, community members, and people that I have never meet who spent their own time and energy in making goodies to deliver to various veteran facilities in the area. This morning I was stress that…

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