This seasonally appropriate illustration accompanied a 1897 Hood River Glacier Holiday Supplement article explaining the origins of the Christmas tree. The story linked the tree to Roman and Druid festivals dating back 30 centuries. I guess that would be 31 centuries now.
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The celebration of the summer solstice was a big party in Alaska. but last Sunday was my first party celebrating the winter solstice. Otherwise normally intelligent individuals were outside in the rain, beating on drums, jumping over a fire, and chanting for the sun to return. We drew the line at performing this druid ritual naked, but maybe the old timers were onto something as the sun is still returning.
Buzz on 23rd December 2014 @ 9:26am
Reminds me of a book I recently read, The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning, about a 19th Century family in a little town in Germany where hand-blown glass ornaments were made.
db on 24th December 2014 @ 3:31pm
In 1897 Bohemia would have still been a well known country with an ancient history and traditions.
After WWI much of that was lost.
l.e. on 25th December 2014 @ 8:50am