How Thanksgiving Became Thanksgiving

How Thanksgiving Became Thanksgiving

Like Christmas, the origins of Thanksgiving are hotly debated. Like Christmas, we can thank stories of Thanksgiving passed down through generations by word of mouth, in letters and documents, period media reports, and great literary works for the making of all that we celebrate of the holiday today. Historians these days love to deconstruct “the facts” surrounding Thanksgiving. They tell us we are wrong to think of it as we do. They say the “first Thanksgiving” celebrated in grade school plays likely never happened. But facts are stubborn things, noted President John Adams. Here are some stubborn facts about ThanksgivingRead more

Longfellow’s Christmas

Longfellow’s Christmas

This stirring combination of Christmas story telling, outstanding music and a true story is an unbeatable way to get in the Christmas Spirit. The late Edward Herrmann tells the tragic true tale of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the inspiration behind the classic Christmas hymn I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day: