10 December 2017

Merry & Bright!

We went with some friends the other night. It was so very pretty! And the amount of candles, and the manpower that must have gone into lighting them, was also impressive. Read more here.

Instead of the hot chocolate on offer we had the cider (no alcohol) and a piece of very delicious carrot cake. So good I want to find out who made it and what the recipe is!

08 December 2017

Yuletide Tree you say?

Source


One custom that was practiced in Halifax during the Victorian era included animals in the celebrations in an interesting manner. during the Christmas season in the late 1800s, a special "Yuletide Tree" was erected at the foot of George Street in downtown Halifax. 

Rather than being decorated with the usual strings of cranberries, popcorn, and glass ornaments, however, this tree had apples and containers of oats dangling from its branches. The fruit and grain were special Christmas treats for the many cabbie horses that spent their days and nights hauling fares up and down the cobblestone streets of the city. On Christmas Eve, the cabbies would take their horses to the Yuletide Tree for their Christmas treat.  - Source

07 December 2017

Accordion Christmas

This is for all the Newfoundlanders out there who love an accordion. And there are many of you!

Christmas Carols
by Joseph Walikis and his Accordian - Source

This 78 was found in the record collection of Joseph's late brother Daniel Jan Walikis, who for many years hosted a polka show on WHRW, a college radio station in Binghamton, NY. Daniel Jan died in 2011; his collection was donated to the Archive of Contemporary Music in 2015, and now, thankfully, the 78s from that collection have been included in the Great 78 Project.

05 December 2017

Canada Christmas Songs

This one is...well, it's worth a few laughs for sure! The disco medley of Christmas tunes is definitely worth checking out...track 7. As is Santa's a Canadian!

1 A Very Vancouver Christmas - 03:15
2 Canada Christmas Songs - 07:13
3 Canadian Jingle Bells - 05:29
4 Candy Cane Sugary Plum - 03:09
5 Christmas Baby Please Come Home - 02:36
6 Ding Dong Merrily On High - 02:17
7 Disco Santa Santa Claus Noel - 03:34
8 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - 01:56
9 Good Christian Men Rejoice - 02:26
10 Happy Holiday - 03:18
11 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - 03:11
12 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 2 - 02:54
13 He Comes from Glory - 02:06
14 I Love Christmas - 02:58
15 I Wonder as I Wander - 04:11
16 Jingle Bells - 02:33
17 Merry Christmas - 02:32
18 O Holy Night - 04:15
19 On Christmas Morning 1 - 04:10
 20 One Christmas Morning - 04:28
21 Rock & Roll Christmas - 02:33
22 Rock In Santa Claus - 02:33
23 Santa's A Canadian - 03:47
24 Santa's Hooked On - 02:03
25 Sidewalk Santa - 02:12
26 Snowy White Snow And Jingle Bells - 02:52
27 So This Christmas - 04:07
28 Somewhere In My Memory - 03:20
29 Step into Christmas - 04:29
30 The Canadian Brass - 02:15
31 The Huron Carol - 01:43
32 Twelth Day Of Christmas - 02:19
33 We Wish You A Merry Christmas - 05:13
34 White Christmas - 03:21
35 Winter Wonderland - 02:44

Thanks to the Internet Archive!