For people in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the day of the year with fewest hours of daylight. North of the Arctic Circle towards the North Pole there is no daylight at all during this time of the year.
Runs Dec. 15-19 David Myles (born May 12, 1981) is a Canadian songwriter/performer/recording artist originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick. Myles lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His music has often been labeled folk jazz, although he prefers simply to call it “roots” music. An independent artist who self-releases his albums, Myles has been able to gain […]
By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897. [See The People’s Almanac, pp. 1358–9.] We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:
Christmas seals are a ‘new’ tradition that originated in Denmark in 1904, when a postal clerk named Einar Holboell sold special stamps for a little more money than the regular stamps. In the United States today, seals of bright and varied designs are sent out to homes by service organizations, and monetary contributions are made […]
Mummering is a tradition which takes place in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, more commonly in small towns and villages rather than large towns and cities. People dress up in costumes and knock on someone’s door and say in a disguised voice, “Are there any Mummers in the night?” or “Any mummers ‘loud in?’”, meaning ‘are mummers […]