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The History of Christmas
2,000 Years of Faith, Fable, and Festivity
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This book will take you on a journey from Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, through Roman times and the Middle Ages, into the Reformation and then the Victorian era. You will finally touch down in our modern–day Christmas with all the things that make us think of this wonderful season – decorations, presents, delicious food.
                                   
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AN-TIQUE (an-teek) An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item, piece of furniture or decorative arts object esteemed for its artistry, beauty, mechanical ingenuity, or period of origin.

The Antiques Almanac, a five-edition-per-year online magazine for beginning and intermediate antiques collectors and those just interested in finding out about old things, is your first stop on the Web in your search for information about antiques and collectibles. Here, you’ll find articles on a variety of American and international antiques, including furniture, china, glass, silver, and other decorative arts from the Colonial, Empire, Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Periods, plus vintage and modern collectibles, interesting historical facts, antique tips, and recommendations for caring for your collections. Come back often to see what's new. And be sure to tell your friends about us.

 

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Away We Go Awassailing
Wassailing is a very ancient custom that is rarely done today. The custom predates the Battle of Hastings in England. However, historians believe its origins date to Ancient Rome, where people would make sacrifices to the Pomona, the Roman Goddess of Fruits. The word Wassail originates from the Anglo-Saxon waes-hael, meaning “to your health.”

                     
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Chugging Along
The sparks flew as they rattled and clanged over the tracks and along the metal rails. Sometimes it seemed as though they made as much noise as the real trains. but then, that’s what toy trains were supposed to do.

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Celebrating an Olde Fashioned Christmas
Christmas! It comes but once a year, but what a warm and joyous holiday it is. No other holiday in America boasts such a wealth of traditions and customs. Christmas is familiar songs, delicious food, gifts and greeting cards, as well as brightly lit trees and wreaths festooned with red ribbons. And don’t forget Santa Claus and filled stockings. But all these traditions didn't come from the same place, as did the people who brought them to America.

                   
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Pinning Hopes on Goodwill
The variety of styles and designs of Christmas tree pins is endless. Besides these eight major producers, there were at least seven others. Each created pins that brought hope and goodwill to those wearing them, as well as those viewing them on the wearer. The pins brightly said “Merry Christmas” to one and all.

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Never Pass Up an Old Christmas Card
Christmas cards have been a popular way for people to express their holiday greetings to friends and relatives since the mid-19th century. But today most of these cards go directly from the mantel to the trash bin after the holiday.

                          
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Antiquing in the Sixties
Back in the 1960s, most people didn’t go antiquing as they do today. Collecting antiques was for those who could afford it. And the antiques they collected were old, over 130 years old to be exact. After World War II, most Americans were looking ahead. They didn’t want old things, especially furniture.
                          
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Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg
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Two large torches burn brightly into the night atop 10-foot cressets, or poles, in front of the Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia on Christmas Eve. Visitors stand shivering in the crisp night air anxiously awaiting the start of a special candlelight tour of the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg. Were it not for people in modern dress, the scene could be taking place in 1770, in the Royal Colony of Virginia.
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The Origina of the Holiday Feast
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The evolution of Christmas dinner is a story of robust, merry feasting reaching down through history. Just where and when the first Christmas feast was held, records fail to tell. But by the 11th century, strange and marvelous dishes loaded long tables in holly decked banquet halls during twelve days of bountiful yuletide feasting.
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Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.                 Read an Excerpt

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Birdwatcher Stumbles on  Roman Gold Coins

A birdwatcher  in England stumbled upon a hoard of 1,300 Iron Age gold coins while out spotting a buzzard in a field. Dating to around the time of the Roman invasion, the coins are believed to be worth in excess of $1,070,480.

Gray’s Auctioneers Offers Up a Century of World’s Fair Memorabilia

Gray’s Auctioneers offered up a century's worth of collectibles from world's fairs around the globe. The fairs gave rise to the popularity of many souvenirs, giving the public a chance to keep a memory of the time spent in those grand buildings, exhibition halls and their host cities.

Authorities Recover 19,000 Artifacts in International Antiquities Trafficking Sting

A joint operation undertaken by Interpol, Europol, the World Customs Organization and local police forces has recovered 19,000 artifacts from 103 countries. Objects recovered range from a pre-Hispanic gold mask to a trove of ancient coins and Roman figurines. Authorities arrested 101 people as part of the crackdown.
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