History,  Podcasts

The War On Christmas. Also, Happy Solstice!

People get outraged over how other people celebrate December. ┬áCenturies ago, people got outraged over how other people celebrated December. Here’s an episode from New England Legends Podcast which explains all this:

When Boston Banned Christmas

See, back in the 1600’s, the Puritans persecuted non-Puritans (and also other Puritans) over religious beliefs. Sound familiar?

I’m sharing this story tonight because I know that history repeats itself. The week of the solstice is the perfect time mind this!


Also, in honor of the solstice, here is a photo of the old Horne’s Department Store in downtown Pittsburgh.

I actually took this photo in 2014, but every holiday season – including this one – this tree decoration graces this building.

One of my great-grandmothers worked in this building when it was Horne’s. An insurance company now owns the building, and occupies most of it. I now work directly across the street from this building, at a different insurance company.

One time, at almost the same spot where I stood to take this photo, I ran into my aunt and my cousin. Another time, again at this spot, I ran into a different cousin from my other side of my family.

Happy Solstice! But seriously, listen to the podcast.