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1962: The film “To kill a mockingbird” opened in the US

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On this week in 1962, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, a film based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize novel by Harper Lee, opened in US theaters.    The story was about a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.    

It is a great movie and earned many awards, such as eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won three Oscars, including Best Actor for Gregory Peck.    

You can get the movie HERE.


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December 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Ralphie’s mom is one wonderful Christmastime mother!

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December 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm

1914: The Christmas truce

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December 25, 2016 at 6:46 pm

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1941: “White Christmas”, Bing Crosby & Irving Berlin

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On this day in 1941, Bing Crosby sang “White Christmas” for the first time in his weekly NBC radio program, “The Kraft Music Hall”.      A year later, he recorded the song and it became a standard and rather popular during the war years.    It is still one of the most popular songs of the season.

I found the story of the song composed by Irving Berlin rather amazing.   Let me share this with you about Berlin, the immigrant Russian Jewish songwriter:   

Though he did not celebrate Christmas, it was a day that held special meaning to Berlin, who had spent each Christmas Day visiting the grave of his late son, Irving Berlin, Jr., who died at just 3 weeks old on December 25, 1928.

As Jody Rosen has suggested about a beloved song of great emotional complexity, “The kind of deep secret of [“White Christmas”] may be that it was Berlin responding in some way to his melancholy about the death of his son.”

And that’s the story of this song.     Amazing.    Merry Christmas.

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December 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm

A Christmas tree story from Communist Romania

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(My new American Thinker post)

It was Christmas week 1989, and the old Soviet bloc was falling apart and undergoing a birth of freedom.  In Romania, a communist dictatorship collapsed this week:

The end of 42 years of communist rule came three days after Ceausescu’s security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Timisoara. After the army’s defection, Ceausescu and his wife fled from Bucharest in a helicopter but were captured and convicted of mass murder in a hasty military trial. On December 25, they were executed by a firing squad.

Watching all of this was Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, who left in the late 1970s looking for freedom.  She left her family behind.

She wrote about her Romanian memories, her parents, and a Christmas tree.

Here is the beginning of the article:

As long as I can remember, my Dad came home every December with a scraggly blue spruce, fragrant with the scent of winter, tiny icicles hanging from the branches. The frozen miniature crystal daggers would melt quickly on Mom’s well-scrubbed parquet floor. I never knew nor asked where he had found it, or how he could afford it.

His modest salary of $70 a month barely covered the rent, utilities, and food.

Mom had to work as well to afford our clothes. Prices were subsidized by the government and salaries were very low for everybody regardless of education and skill. We had to make do with very little.

It is a great article and should be read in full.

Merry Christmas!  It is especially meaningful to those of us who understand communism and efforts to celebrate Christmas.

Merry Christmas, and remember those who are not as fortunate as Americans are.

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December 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

Merry Christmas 2016

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and enjoy your holidays.    Thank you for reading the posts!

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December 25, 2016 at 1:00 am