10 ideas for a virtual Halloween party

By | September 13th, 2020|Categories: Halloween, Holidays|Tags: , |

Our readers and customers love Halloween. It is one of my favorite events of the year and something I look forward to for months. And that includes this year. While it may look a lot different, there is still a LOT of opportunities for celebrating and dressing up. I am hoping that living in the [...]

Roundup: Spooky Victorian Traditions

By | August 19th, 2020|Categories: Halloween, In Mourning, Recollections, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , |

Our readers and customers really love Halloween. That is a delight to me, as it is my favorite holiday. I love the chance to dress up, go to parties, and have all sorts of festive fun without all of the pressures associated with the upcoming winter holidays. I also enjoy it because one of my [...]

Christmas on the Frontier

By | July 25th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Holidays, Victorian Era Celebrations|

Christmas on the Frontier must have been a very special time. Daily life for the entire family was a grind and a struggle. Scarce resources meant that everyone was used to life without frills and pretty low expectations about material goods. Living off of the land meant that a strict routine must be followed day [...]

4 Empowering Depictions of Mrs. Claus

By | July 18th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Holidays, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

I have always been quite intrigued by Mrs. Claus and the work that she does behind the scenes. She is the perfect example of “beside every successful man is a strong woman.” I also think that there is an opportunity for more exposure for Mrs. Claus so that more young girls will get to see [...]

10 Christmas in July Party Ideas

By | July 10th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Holidays|Tags: , , |

We love to celebrate Christmas in July! This is an especially fun summer to do it, as many of the traditional summer vacation activities aren’t taking place or are looking a lot different from what we are used to. Why not put on a Christmas in July pandemic party to mix things up a bit [...]

4th of July Conversation-Starters Roundup

By | July 3rd, 2020|Categories: 4th of July, Revolutionary War era|Tags: , |

While most of us aren’t attending large 4th of July celebrations this year, it is still Independence Day and people around the country will be celebrating in COVID-friendly ways. We thought it would be fun to provide you with some conversations starters, some stories of brave Revolutionary women, and some of our own content that [...]

5 facts about Betsy Ross and the origins of the American flag

By | June 30th, 2020|Categories: 4th of July, Revolutionary War era, Women's History|Tags: , , |

I remember pictures of Betsy Ross in my American history textbooks in elementary school and 184 years after her death many still know her as the seamstress who created the first-ever American flag. While I am glad that she is remembered, the image that many have of Betsy Ross undermines her real accomplishments as a [...]

5 history podcasts to help you get your fix now: Part 1

By | December 20th, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Women's History|

The entire world is listening to podcasts these days, aren’t they? Because I enjoy outdoor fitness so much and because my favorite subject is history, I have been excited to find so many history-related podcasts out there, and all for free with my Spotify subscription. Things have flipped for me now and instead of making [...]

Star of the Show: An Interview with Mrs. Claus

By | December 14th, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , |

By Janice Formichella When the Recollections team heard from a customer how thrilled she was with her new blouse and that it was the perfect touch for her Mrs. Claus portrayal, we just had to learn more. We were intrigued when we learned that Mrs. Claus is the star of the show for the entire [...]