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August 07

The Long and Winding Road of Christopher James' Life

It's always fascinating to listen to someone's personal story, or in Christopher's case his life history! All the parts of Christopher James' life add up to a very interesting, creative and intricate story that at times is hard to believe, but the enthusiasm with which he tells it is infectious and put you on the edge of your seat. Get drawn in by the wonderful, inspiring tale that is Christopher James!


July 19

Samhain: The Origins of Halloween

Take a look at the ancient roots of Halloween and its traditions.

Halloween has become one of the biggest and most widely celebrated holidays in the U.S.A., but few know of the history and true origins of the autumnal festival. While it is known today as a holiday of candy, costumes and scares, it only vaguely resembles its ancient roots. Here we take a look back at the history of the spooktacular holiday, in honor of our ancestors who still may wander this world on Halloween night!


July 03

HOORAY FOR THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE!

The 4th of July, election day or any American holiday is the perfect day to display your patriotism and fly the American flag.

Steeped in tradition, the symbol of our union has flown proud as we grow as a nation. Show off your patriotism and celebrate this 4th of July by learning a little bit about the storied history of the American flag!


February 20

Who was Saint Patrick?

Let's find out fact from fiction regarding St. Patrick and why we celebrate him every March 17th.

​St. Patrick's Day has been a well known holiday in the United States for centuries, but there are still a lot of misconceptions about the saint and the holiday itself. Today, St. Patrick's Day conjures up images of green outfits and ever-flowing beer taps, but what you don't know is this holiday is steeped in old world legends and traditions honoring Ireland's tumultuous past. After you discover the rich history of St. Patrick's Day, you'll never look at the holiday the same way again!


January 07

The Mysterious Beginnings of Valentine's Day

Uncover the romantic theories behind the origin of Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day is a day of love and kindness towards the people who are most special to oneself. Every February 14th, people all over the world exchange gifts as expressions of their love for another. But how did that tradition begin, and who is this Valentine guy? Let's take a look at what we think are the ancient origin's to the holiday of love, and uncover it's dark history.


December 07

The Religious Roots of Christmas

Look back at the sacred history of the festive winter holiday.

With deep roots in Christianity, to many people Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Over the centuries it has grown to represent so much more to everyone around the world. Whether it's thanks to the ancient festival of Saturnalia or the classic story A Christmas Tale, Christmas has become the holiday it is today because of it's rich and often tumultuous history. Let's take a look back at the roots of our current traditions and how Christmas became the holiday of charity and good will towards all mankind.


November 21

Why We Give Thanks

Discover the tumultuous beginning that lead to today's Thanksgiving traditions.

Every fourth Thursday in November, we gather together with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that let's us reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives. While we are familiar with the turkey, parades and the start of the Christmas shopping season, the original Thanksgiving feasts were rooted in religion and a struggle to survive harsh elements. Lets look at the history of how this wonderful holiday has evolved over the centuries and be thankful that it is still around to this day!


June 29

History of the Fourth of July

Ever wondered why we celebrate the 4th of July?

The Fourth of July has always been a uniquely American holiday, and with good reason. July 4th, 1776 was the day that America declared it's independence from Great Britain. But what happened in the days leading up to July 4th? We thought it would be interesting to take a look at the history of this wonderful holiday.


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