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A Mayflower Christmas

The Pilgrims celebrated a Mayflower Christmas in 1620 with holly, ivy, plum pudding and a gift exchange with Indian children – at least according to a romanticized version written by suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton of all people. The Christmas on ...

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Trinity Church, a Parish Priest’s Dream

Boston's Trinity Church owes its magnificent appearance to the Episcopal priest who wrote the lyrics to the Christmas carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem -- and, of course, to architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) was descended from the Rev. ...

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The Connecticut Nun Who Kissed Elvis

Before she became a Connecticut nun, Dolores Hart had been nominated for a Tony, frolicked on a beach with George Hamilton and co-starred in movies with Montgomery Clift, Warren Beatty and Marlon Brando. She had also kissed Elvis. When at ...

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The First Hebrew Thanksgiving in America

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Isaac Touro delivered a Hebrew Thanksgiving sermon on Nov. 28, 1765, praising King George III for protecting Newport’s Jews. His sermon took place before worshippers in the new Touro Synagogue. Since 1658, Newport had been a haven for Jews who escaped ...

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