December 16, 2019 · 8:31 am
Next to Christmas, the word “merry” may be the most popular and oft-repeated word during this season of the year.
But, do you ever wonder why we wish people, “Happy Birthday,” but instead say, “Merry Christmas”?
According to tradition the expression “Merry Christmas” was first recorded in 1534 when John Fisher, a Catholic bishop wrote a letter to Thomas Cromwell wishing him a “Merry Christmas.” Continue reading →
November 15, 2016 · 6:50 am
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” so begins Charles Dickens historical novel A Tale of Two Cities. In fact, on this day in 1859 the final chapter was published in Dickens’ circular, “All the Year Round.”
The opening line has been often quoted to apply to our generation. It has been many years since I’ve read this classic, and had forgotten the next lines in the opening paragraph. Continue reading →