How Scrooge Saved Charles Dickens

How Scrooge Saved Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is about a crotchety, stingy old man named Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by spirits trying to save him from his “humbug” attitude of Christmas. His bitterness is evident ranging from the way he treats his underpaid clerk, Bob Cratchit, to his dismissal of the poor. The spirits succeed in […]

The Nutcracker: From Wooden Doll to Endearing Christmas Ballet

The Nutcracker: From Wooden Doll to Endearing Christmas Ballet

It’s that time of year when ballet companies perform The Nutcracker while wooden dolls, dressed for sentry duty, keep a watchful eye on hearth and home as part of the Christmas tradition. How these wooden figures and the subsequent ballet became such an endearing part of the Christmas season is a story that goes back […]

Pilgrim Love Story: John Alden and Priscilla Mullins

Pilgrim Love Story: John Alden and Priscilla Mullins

The love story of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins is the most famous of all the Mayflower Pilgrims. It has been passed down through generations and romanticized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s narrative poem, The Courtship of Miles Standish. According to historical records, Alden was 21 or 22 when he was hired as a cooper, or […]