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What is Yuletide?  Where did it start?

You will find the answers and more than you probably ever could have imagined in this article.  Learn how Halloween, Christmas, Mummer’s Day, and Easter are all related due to their ancient origins.

Winter Solstice

According to the Neolithic peoples (and by some in modern times),  the winter solstice, the point at which the sun reaches the lowest point in the sky during the seasonal cycle of Earth, marks a celebration of light.  Afterwards the days begin getting longer as the sun reverses the decent of its horizontal track in the sky, until the summer solstice is reached.  A celebration was held beginning the first day after winter solstice and ending twelve days later at the beginning of January. This celebration was known as Yule or Yuletide.  When the end of Yule came, the Pagans would darken their faces with soot or wear animal like masks in one final celebration known as Darkie Day or Montol.  With the onset of Christianity, the Yule festival was merged into the celebration of Christmas and the time as shifted to begin on the 25th of December and end on the 6th of January or the Epiphany.  Montol, or Darkie Day, eventually became known as Mummer’s Day.  Read the full story>>

At Stonehenge on the winter solstice, the rising sun aligns perfectly with the large trio of monolithic stones and a flat stone table in the center of the structure
At Stonehenge on the winter solstice, the rising sun aligns perfectly with the large trio of monolithic stones and a flat stone table in the center of the structure. This is believed to be the site of Yule rituals held by the ancient Pagans.
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These progression photos are of a lightning strike containing multiple branches that vary in intensity, disappear entirely, then reappear.  Very interesting!  Read the full story>>

Anatomy of a lightning strike frame 9: The second bolt extends across the sky as the third subsides...
Anatomy of a lightning strike frame 9: The second bolt extends across the sky as the third subsides…

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Before she ran aground in 1817,  Queen Anne’s Revenge haunted the waters off the Eastern United States during the early 1800s, sending fear into her victims at the mere sight of her.  The ship had the ability to intimidate visually just as her Captain, William Teach did.  He was more commonly known as Blackbeard the Pirate.  Blackbeard himself is said to haunt the waters where he met his demise off the coast of North Carolina to this day.

Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of Blackbeard the pirate
Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of Blackbeard the pirate

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When many of us get on a new bicycle for the first time, we adjust the seat so that our feet are flat on the ground so that we can hold ourselves upright when not moving on the bike.  For those bike enthusiasts that take their biking seriously…  this is the WRONG answer!

Incorrect leg position (or seat height) on bicycle.  Note the severe bend in the leg.
Incorrect leg position (or seat height) on bicycle.  Note the severe bend in the leg at the bottom of the stroke.

Adjusting your bicycle seat so your feet are flat on the ground when sitting is great, but when you are actually pedaling the bike, chances are your legs are at a severely bent angle when your foot reaches the bottom of the pedal stroke.  This means that you are not getting the full power out of your leg muscles when pushing the pedal on the down stroke.

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Celebrating – One Million Page Views!

I would like to give a big thanks to followers and readers of all of my blogs.  Today is a land mark day in that my blog posts have surpassed one million page views!  Thanks to all for making it a huge success!

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Candy Canes with their characteristic red swirled stripes of today

Candy Canes with their characteristic red swirled stripes of today

Back in the early 17th century in Cologne, Germany, a local church priest had a hard time with children sitting quietly during services on Christmas Eve.  Growing frustrated…  Read the full story>>

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We all celebrate Thanksgiving in North America with turkey, gravy and all the trimmings.  This Thanksgiving tradition dates back to the “first” official celebration at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621.  However, these European settlers did not necessarily start the tradition.

The Wampanoag tribe helped the Pilgrims survive their first years at Plymouth

The Wampanoag tribe helped the Pilgrims survive their first years at Plymouth

After battling starvation and disease, the pilgrims who landed at Plymouth were doomed.  However, …    Read the full story>>

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