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thestuartkings:

Father Christmas was banned by the Puritans under Cromwell in the mid-17th century. He went ‘underground’ along with Minced Pies, Christmas games and the like. Occasionally secret publishers would print Broadsheets (a sort of newspaper) with a verse about ‘Old Christmas’. He became the personification of everything the British people held dear about Christmas.

thestuartkings:

Father Christmas was banned by the Puritans under Cromwell in the mid-17th century. He went ‘underground’ along with Minced Pies, Christmas games and the like. Occasionally secret publishers would print Broadsheets (a sort of newspaper) with a verse about ‘Old Christmas’. He became the personification of everything the British people held dear about Christmas.

travelthisworld:

Venice, Italy - by Dan/Fi
medievalart:

Adoration of the magi
Ravenna, 526 AD
photo by Nina Aldin Thune

medievalart:

Adoration of the magi

Ravenna, 526 AD

photo by Nina Aldin Thune

mortisia:

This Russian soldier froze to death minutes after being shot by a Finnish sniper. It’s hard to tell whether being shot or being in the freezing temps did him in. Possibly it was some combination of both. | 1940

mortisia:

This Russian soldier froze to death minutes after being shot by a Finnish sniper. It’s hard to tell whether being shot or being in the freezing temps did him in. Possibly it was some combination of both. | 1940

allaboutchinese:

All about Chinese's 量词系列 Measure Words Series #1 本: measure word for books

allaboutchinese:

All about Chinese's 量词系列 Measure Words Series #1 本: measure word for books

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Paul Newman on the set of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in 1958.

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Paul Newman on the set of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in 1958.

space-pics:

Carina nebulahttp://space-pics.tumblr.com/
yaleuniversity:

On this day in 1783, George Washington resigned his command of the Continental Army, an act essential in America’s democratic development.
John Trumbull’s painting commemorating the event is currently on view at the Yale University Art Gallery.

yaleuniversity:

On this day in 1783, George Washington resigned his command of the Continental Army, an act essential in America’s democratic development.

John Trumbull’s painting commemorating the event is currently on view at the Yale University Art Gallery.

theheirsofdurin:

Middle-Earth Meme: Friendships [5/5]

Boromir/Merry/Pippin

seawaters:

Vladimir Putin (far left) when he was a KGB agent posing as a family member out for a stroll in Red Square when Reagan was visiting the USSR, 1988

seawaters:

Vladimir Putin (far left) when he was a KGB agent posing as a family member out for a stroll in Red Square when Reagan was visiting the USSR, 1988

allaboutchinese:

我爱汉语 I love Chinese language
你们呢? what about you?

allaboutchinese:

我爱汉语 I love Chinese language

你们呢? what about you?

suojeluskunta:

solarcult:

Great Prince of Russ
Svyatoslav The Brave

The last Pagan of Rus’.

thelandofmaps:

Gay marriage laws in the US as of 12/21/2013[1911x939]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

thelandofmaps:

Gay marriage laws in the US as of 12/21/2013[1911x939]
CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!
thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

pbsthisdayinhistory:

December 21, 1620: Pilgrims Come Ashore in Plymouth, MA
On this day in 1620, the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing party came ashore in the unforgiving edge of southeastern Massachusetts in the present-day town of Plymouth.Over the winter of 1620, half the colony died from cold, disease and starvation. Of 18 married women, only three survived. The local Wampanoag tribe showed the Pilgrims how to plant corn, beans and squash.
The fall of 1621 produced a bountiful harvest. The Pilgrims’ governor, William Bradford announced three days of feasting and games to offer thanks. This celebration became known as Thanksgiving, an iconic fest that entered American mythology as a symbol and celebration of divine blessing.Read more on the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.
Image: The landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass. Dec. 22nd 1620, print c. 1876 (Library of Congress).

pbsthisdayinhistory:

December 21, 1620: Pilgrims Come Ashore in Plymouth, MA

On this day in 1620, the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing party came ashore in the unforgiving edge of southeastern Massachusetts in the present-day town of Plymouth.

Over the winter of 1620, half the colony died from cold, disease and starvation. Of 18 married women, only three survived. The local Wampanoag tribe showed the Pilgrims how to plant corn, beans and squash.

The fall of 1621 produced a bountiful harvest. The Pilgrims’ governor, William Bradford announced three days of feasting and games to offer thanks. This celebration became known as Thanksgiving, an iconic fest that entered American mythology as a symbol and celebration of divine blessing.

Read more on the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.


Image: The landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass. Dec. 22nd 1620, print c. 1876 (Library of Congress).