Several years ago, I happened to be in DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival (by complete chance, too!) – a spring festival spanning several weeks commemorating the gift of 3000 cherry blossoms to the US from Japan. These trees were planted around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park starting in 1912.
The weather in the northern United States is supposed to rather annoyingly bad this week, or so all of the meteorologists keep harping. The impending bad weather makes me think of those folks who live in permanent snow, with wind chills in the negatives, and snow piling up to create several feet. These thoughts inspired the search for those who willingly spent their time outdoors in the frigid weather. Alaskan Iditarod teams.
It’s the time of year to get out those ugly Christmas sweaters, be cozy by the roaring fire while roasting chestnuts, and drink some delicious mulled wine or eggnog at a holiday party. But don’t get caught standing unaware under a branch of mistletoe!
The once revered-now consumer targeted-American holiday of Thanksgiving is upon us, and I’m looking forward to *fingers crossed* a few days where I can relax and enjoy myself. I certainly won’t be heading out on Thanksgiving Day, nor on Black Friday, and this is where I differ from the youth of the early 1900s. In the 1890s, an overwhelming population of young boys plagued the streets on Thanksgiving Day, miming the homeless of years and centuries before. Much like our Halloween, the holiday brought about silliness, revelry, and a lot of mischief!