It is a jam-packed episode of the Merry Podcast, this time dedicated to all things Pumpkin Spice — a merry exploration a variety of Christmas topics! Lots of music, a little humor and timely topics to help prepare you for the season, including: — Another in-depth look at Miracle on 34th Street on the occasion of the passing of Maureen O’Hara — Santa’s beard: A Great Christmas Debate — The Christmas Music of Frank Sinatra — Christmas Food! Wassail, Eggnog and Butter Rum Lifesavers Plus more — in fact, we drag this out way beyond an hour of Christmas goodness. In all, this episode rocks because, well, it’s pumpkin spice, baby.
Christmas of 1826 was snowy, cold and lonely for the cadets of West Point. Though called “men” they were really teenage boys — some as young as 17 — and they wanted to celebrate Christmas. Young Jefferson Davis, future president of the Confederate States of America, was among them. But West Point then, as it is now, was a house of order and discipline. The military academy was under the strictest orders of sobriety that Christmas season. And being young men some took it upon themselves to challenge those orders in the name of holiday celebration. They organized, they partied — and then they got caught. During excused absences the men of West Point would visit area taverns and drinkRead more