Category Archives: Holidays

New Hampshire Tidbits: Old Toasts and Traditions of the New Year

Tradition is interwoven with the changing of the year. On New Year’s Day it is common to bid farewell to the old and to welcome in the new with an optimistic perspective. For a brief moment at the striking of … Continue reading

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A Genealogist’s Christmas Tale

I recently binge-watched the entire television  series “Lie to Me.” It is a crime-drama series about a brilliant though blunt man who is a deception expert. He looks into peoples faces and notices the almost invisible twitches, tics and involuntary … Continue reading

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Blog Caroling: This Time of Year

My dear friend fM’s favorite holiday tradition (she says) is Blog Caroling.  I suspect that her ritual of dressing up in flannel jammies with hot toddy in hand are as important as the musical production. Last year I presented a … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s December Receipts [Recipes] of 1882

LATEST RECEIPTS. [1882] GINGER CUP-CAKE. A nice ginger cupcake is made of two cups of powdered sugar, stirred to a cream with two cups of butter. The butter may first be warmed until it is soft, but not melted; and … Continue reading

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Poem: The Thanksgiving Dinner by Laura Garland Carr

Old Farmer Humpkins gathered his pumpkins Into a heap by the banks of a river. Chanticleer Dorking that way was stalking Like a drum-major, with plumes all a-quiver. Through corn-stalk thickets, scaring the crickets, Twenty fine biddies were following after; … Continue reading

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