TANENBAUM [TAN-uhn-boum]: German word for fir tree; adopted to mean Christmas Tree


Living in Rhode Island, I’ve watched the debate (now somewhat tempered) over the past couple of years as to whether the decorated fir tree in the State House should be called a “Christmas Tree” or a “Holiday Tree.”   I tend to come down on the side of those (Governor Chafee especially) who prefer to see […]

YULETIDE: of or pertaining to the Christmas season.

Well, no matter what you call it, this is Christmas morning.  There is an unexpected dusting of snow on the lawn and on the trees, giving it an old fashioned Christmas look, and the smell of wassail greeted us as we awoke this morning.   What more could you ask for? Last night at the Christmas […]