Posts Tagged ‘ Holidays

New Year’s Eve 2013

NYE 2013

St. Paul: The Herald Angel Sings

Stone Angel in Rice Park | by jamiey

Christmas Etymology

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! It’s holiday fun fact time again. This time a simple etymology tidbit about the word “Christmas” or “Xmas”.

The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning “Christ’s Mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038.[8] “Cristes” is from Greek Christos and “mæsse” is from Latin missa (the holy mass). In Greek, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ, and it, or the similar Roman letter X, has been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the mid-16th century.[16] Hence, Xmas is sometimes used as an abbreviation for Christmas.


Truth Be Told

Holidazzle 2010 | by rprins

I’m not a fan of below freezing temperatures.

Ryan took this photo of me trying to stay warm during the Holidazzle parade in downtown Minneapolis. The funny part is that this was probably the least cold (and thus best) night to go during the time we were there. Climate aside, it was super cute and we ate hot mini doughnuts as waited for the parade to start. Besides, these guys were DELIGHTFUL. Paul and Jordan joined us too! It was a nice night in the city.

Mrs. Prins & The Messrs. Prins

Mrs. Prins & The Messrs. PrinsRyan and his brothers in the rocking chairs outside Cracker Barrel over Thanksgiving

How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday

Excerpt from Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

They say, Mr. President, that we are stealing away the rights of the States. So I have come to-day to advise you, that there is another State right I think we ought to steal.” Raising his head from his pile of papers, Lincoln asked, “Well, Governor, what do you want to steal now?” Seward replied, “The right to name Thanksgiving Day!” He explained that at present, Thanksgiving was celebrated on different days at the discretion of each state’s governor. Why not make it a national holiday? Lincoln immediately responded that he supposed a president “had as good a right to thank God as a Governor.” Seward then presented Lincoln with a proclamation that invited citizens “in every part of the United States,” at sea, or abroad, “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November” to give thanks to “our beneficent Father.” The proclamation also commended to God’s care “all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers,” and called on Him “to heal the wounds of the nation” and restore it to “peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!