Fun facts about America’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes

By | November 6th, 2020|Categories: Holidays|Tags: , , , |

Thanksgiving is coming up! The gatherings may not be as big this year, but families around the country will find ways to celebrate safely. And that means a lot of food. On average, Americans consume 3,000 calories during their Thanksgiving dinners. It’s not hard to see why. With the smorgasbord of tempting dishes, many of [...]

Victorian Greeting Cards for Autumn Holidays

By | October 31st, 2020|Categories: Holidays, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

I love looking at Victorian greeting cards. The style is so charming and there are a lot of things I find quite humorous about how they celebrated holidays back then and what the cards teach us about their attitudes and culture. For instance, I love that there is so often a romantic angle in many [...]

Thanksgiving Crossword 2017

By | November 21st, 2017|Categories: Contests and Games, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , |

Welcome to the final day of our Thanksgiving Crossword 2017. Today, we reveal the consonant M (we have to leave a little challenge!). There are no letters J, X, or Z in the puzzle. So how do you play and what do you win? We're running the contest November 21 - 27, midnight Pacific Time. Check this [...]

Over the River and Through the Wood with Lydia Maria Child

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Who was Lydia Maria Child? Why should we know her name? Lydia was born Lydia Maria Francis on February 11, 1802, in Medford Massachusetts. She was a teacher. She taught school until 1828 when she married David Lee Child, a Boston lawyer. While living with her brother, she met Ralph Waldo Emerson, Theodore Parker, and [...]

Thanksgiving and the American Civil War

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , |

Thanksgiving is probably nearly as old as mankind. From the time we started cultivating crops, farmers have been grateful for the sun, rain, and a good harvest. Its roots can be seen in the harvest feasts of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It also is similar to Sukkot, the ancient Jewish harvest festival. Long [...]

Happy Thanksgiving – Share Your Favorite Story!

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Holidays, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Thanksgiving… a day filled with memories of family and friends, of hearth and home. We want to share this Thanksgiving with you. We’re looking for your favorite Thanksgiving story. Upload your story in the comments section or email them to donna@recollections.biz. Please try to keep your story to no more than 500 words. We’ll pick [...]

A Gilded Thanksgiving Celebration

By | November 26th, 2015|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , |

By Donna Klein   Thanksgiving During the Gilded Age   Thanksgiving is here! As I thought about the holiday, I wondered what it was like during the glory years of the characters on Downton Abbey. I know the British don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but  what was it like for their American counterparts? What was Thanksgiving like [...]