Category:
Holidays

Happy 4th of July 2019!

Be safe!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 04, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Fireworks and Pyrotechnics, Holidays

Happy Easter 2019!

Not sure if Jesus sanctions fairies and gnomes as part of His holiday.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 21, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays, Religion, Fantasy, Fictional Monsters

Happy April Fool’s Day 2019

Jokes were more gruesome in 1909.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 01, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Customs, Death, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Holidays, Humor, 1900s

Miss Christmas Tree 1951



Selected 'Miss Christmas Tree of 1951' by 40 members of the UCLA chapter, Sigma Chi fraternity, is 24-year-old Diane Dearborn. Miss Dearborn, who arrived in the United States seven weeks ago from Paris, France, is a singer. The collegians saw her picture in a newspaper, reported 'she seemed prettier that the rest of them'.


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 16, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Holidays, 1950s

Happy New Year 2019

All the best for a happy and healthy New Year from Alex, Paul and our partners!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 01, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Holidays, Alex, Paul

Merry Christmas 2018!



Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 25, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Holidays, Music, 1950s

Christmas Cracker

The first item is okay if bland, but the next two are fairly weird.

Christmas Cracker, Jeff Hale, Norman McLaren, Grant Munro & Gerald Potterton, provided by the National Film Board of Canada


Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 24, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Holidays, Cartoons, Stop-motion Animation, 1960s

The girl who inhaled a Christmas tree

Fort Myers News-Press - Dec 17, 1995


Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 09, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Holidays, 1990s

The year of multiple Thanksgivings

Thanksgiving used to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November until 1939, when President Roosevelt decided to move it back a week in order to help retailers by lengthening the pre-Christmas shopping season. Not everyone was happy with this decision. As wikipedia notes:

Republicans decried the change, calling it an affront to the memory of Lincoln. People began referring to November 30 as the "Republican Thanksgiving" and November 23 as the "Democratic Thanksgiving" or "Franksgiving". Regardless of the politics, many localities had made a tradition of celebrating on the last Thursday, and many football teams had a tradition of playing their final games of the season on Thanksgiving; with their schedules set well in advance, they could not change. Since a presidential declaration of Thanksgiving Day was not legally binding, Roosevelt's change was widely disregarded. Twenty-three states went along with Roosevelt's recommendation, 22 did not, and some, like Texas, could not decide and took both days as government holidays.

So Governor Lee O'Daniel declared that Texas would celebrate 2 official days of Thanksgiving, but some parts of the state weren't satisfied with that. The city of Monahans decided they were going to have 3 Thanksgivings: on the 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Then Harlingen, Texas upped the ante by declaring they were going to have a full 8 days of Thanksgiving. They designated every day from the 23rd to the 30th as an official day of Thanksgiving.

That sounds like a swell idea to me. A full week of gluttony!

Arizona Republic - Nov 2, 1939



Warren Times Monitor - Nov 16, 1939



McAllen Monitor - Nov 19, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 22, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Holidays, 1930s

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