Happy New Year… I guess…

Isn’t it bad luck to wake up sick on New Year’s Day?  I don’t mean like hangover sick, I mean like sore throat, feeling achey and like I want to commit violent acts of aggression on the next person who wishes me a Happy New Year.  Then, I did the next best thing to waking up on New Year’s Day sick- I paid my bills.  Yay first of the month!

But the good news is that super early on January 3rd I will be getting in the car and driving to New Orleans for the American Historical Association conference.  I’ve never been to NOLA even though I only live about 5 hours away so I’m fairly excited.  I’m just hoping this cold goes away in oh, 24 hours.  I’m throwing everything I’ve got at it.  So much for yoga or the gym today.  You shall not win this germs!  I will beat you!

Hope your New Year’s is everything you hoped it would be and that much more!  Do you have anything excited planned to kick off your new year right?

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I considered doing a post on the history of the celebration of Christmas but I was afraid that the post could go one of two ways: either overly religious or cynical over the commercialism of the holidays.  So instead, I’d rather steer clear of such topics and focus more on the history aspect in the coming year.

Besides, the History Channel has the following video on the evolution of Christmas:

History Channel: Evolution of Christmas

Instead, I decided I’d present you with a series of historic Christmas photographs from the Florida Memory collection.  Enjoy and I hope you’ve had a great holiday, whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hannukah or just enjoy getting a few days off from work.

From my family to yours, happy holidays!

Singing Christmas Tree

Photograph by Charles Barron. Singing Christmas Tree in Fort Myers, FL 1954. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

Child with Christmas tree and toys, 1912

Child with Christmas tree and toys, 1912. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

Reenactment of the first Christmas ever in what is now the United States

Reenactment of the first Christmas celebrated in what is now the United States. Tallahassee, FL, 1959, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Haya parlor decorated for Christmas, 1895

Haya parlor decorated for Christmas at 605 Magnolia Avenue, Hyde Park – Tampa, Florida, 1895. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Mary Dwight displays croquet set gift she has just found under the underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 1948

Mary Dwight displays croquet set gift she has just found under the underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 1948. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Young women decorating Christmas tree at the beach : Pensacola, Florida, 1962

Meriam De Shazo and Kenna Morris trim christmas tree at the beach: Pensacola, Florida, 1962. Photographed by Jim Stokes. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Optimist Club selling Christmas trees : Tallahassee, Florida, 1956

Optimist Club selling Christmas trees : Tallahassee, Florida, 1956. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.