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A Swinging Christmas

Did you know that Glenn Miller was a Major in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II? He was instrumental in the formation of the Army Air Corps Band which would become the U.S. Air Force and the USAF Band shortly after the war ended. Today the USAF Band has a reputation for Christmas flash mob performances in Washington, D.C. during the Christmas season. This performance in Union Station took place last year to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the spirit of Glenn Miller.

BlogCarolingSpecial thanks to footnoteMaven for her annual blog caroling tradition. Hope everyone enjoys a swinging Christmas full of good cheer.

Christmas Tour of Blogs

Geneabloggers are an amazing group of family historians. They use their blogs to document their family history while taking advantage of the many social elements of blog platforms to find other geneabloggers. In the early days we were a relatively small group. Today there are more than 3,000 blogs listed in the blog roll at Geneabloggers.

In 2008 we decided to show off our blogs with a Christmas Tour of Blogs. It was great fun and helped us get to know more about each¬†participant. You’ll find a list of the posts from all the participants at the 2008 Christmas Tour of Blogs list. Changes over the years have impacted some of the participating sites but I’m pleasantly surprised to see how many are still there. Below is my entry of Christmas at Moultrie Creek.

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Heidelberg Christmas Market

One of my fondest memories of our time in Germany was visiting the local Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market). In Mannheim it was set up in the big park surrounding the water tower. This video shows the market in Heidelberg which in our day was held on the streets in the old city. We loved them both. It was the perfect place to do all our Christmas shopping and get them in the mail before the shipping deadlines.

Our tree and house was decorated with ornaments and other goodies found in these markets. Of course we enjoyed lots of delicious goodies to sustain us as we explored the many shops. There were wonderful pastries, lots of wurst (sausages) and of course gluhwein Рhot mulled wine.

After a delightful afternoon and evening of Christmas spirits, we’d pile ourselves and our bundles onto a streetcar which would deliver us to the corner of our street.