Blog » Tag: Holidays

  • More Trick Than Treat: Halloween in 19th Century Geneva

    October 30th, 2019
    Overview of how Genevans celebrated Halloween in the 1800s.
  • Christmas in Geneva 50 Years Ago

    December 19th, 2018
    Christmas shopping based on ads from the November 27, 1968 edition of the Geneva Times.
  • Gift Giving

    December 14th, 2017
    The tradition of gift giving on Christmas.
  • Dickens and the Christmas Pudding

    December 1st, 2017
    Where did the Christmas pudding come from and why don't Americans eat it?
  • Traditions

    November 22nd, 2017
    Traditions for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day often revolve around food, decorations, and locations.
  • Seasons Greetings

    November 23rd, 2016
    A brief history of Christmas cards.
  • Wassail Bowl and Sale

    November 29th, 2015
    Among the greens at the annual Wassail Bowl and Sale will be holly. Believe it or not, hanging holly actually has a long history.
  • Christmas Musings

    December 11th, 2014
    What did you ask for on your Christmas list as a child? People who know me well won’t be surprised to know that every year I asked Santa, and later my parents when it became apparent that Santa didn’t get the message, for a pony. I scoured the Christmas “Wish Book” for rocking horses and asking for one of those with the idea that Santa More »
  • Christmas Dreaming

    December 1st, 2014
    Some of my favorite memories are associated with Christmas - the Festival of Lights at Sonnenberg, seeing The Nutcracker at the Smith Opera House and A Christmas Carol at Geva, picking out a new ornament each year for the tree, having Christmas breakfast with my grandparents, and playing “Sleigh Ride” throughout high school for the holiday band concert.
  • History of Christmas

    December 23rd, 2013
    A brief history of the roots of American Christmas.
  • Here We Come A-Wassailing…

    December 5th, 2013
    A brief history of wassail.