Help formerly homeless, and disabled veterans in need this holiday season during the “They Kept Us Safe, Let's Keep Them Warm” annual clothing drive. Find out more in our BRJ Community Journal.
This three-day German-style outdoor winter craft market in the heart of Clinton, New Jersey features over 40 local craft artisans, vintage peddlers, and food trucks each day. After visiting our German-style holiday market, step back into the Victorian era in Downtown Clinton, with carolers, Father Christmas, horse and carriage rides, and more... See our Calendar of Events page for more information.
Finds Santa Claus is Real
Clark Hackett of Easton, whose legs were crushed in an accident on the Lehigh Valley railroad, necessitating their amputation above the knees, several days ago received the following letter:
My Dear Friend:
I understand that you have both feet off and I am sorry for you. Enclosed find a check for $100 signed “Santa Claus.” Do not think this a joke. Have the Lehigh Valley Railroad Co. or any business concern send the check through for collection and give you the money when it is forwarded. Funds are on deposit at the North Philadelphia Trust Company to meet this check.
Hackett was in doubt whether some one was trying to fool him, but he decided to try it. Tuesday he received the $100...
Original copy of the High Bridge Gazette, October 10, 1918 (Courtesy of James Cummins Bookseller)
The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite visitors of all ages to experience Christmas past and present when the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial hosts its holiday celebration on Saturday, December 5, 2020 beginning at 12:00 p.m. with a variety of festive activities. A patriotic Liberty Tree lighting, Revolutionary Era re-enactors firing a cannon and demonstrating muskets, free and socially distanced photos with Santa, holiday shopping while enjoying the beautifully decorated exterior of the historic home and grounds are in store at the 18th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum. Join the folks at JVH for festive fellowship and traditions all featured outdoors just as the early Colonists did! Outdoor festivities will take place at Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum in Bedminster’s River Road Park on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and conclude with our annual tree lighting from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Admission is $20 per family, $10 admission per individual Children 12 and under FREE. Free to Museum members. The Liberty Tree lighting is free to the community! For more information, please visit jvanderveerhouse.org
Although Clement Clarke Moore had given us a good description of Santa Claus in his 1822 poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” also commonly known as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” the world still didn’t know what the jolly old elf really looked like.
If the thought of a lump of coal isn’t enough to induce good behavior in your kids at Christmas time, then maybe you need a fur-clad, masked man with a switch – who is not afraid it use it.
Entire volumes have been dedicated to the drinks, cocktails and concoctions of the late Georgian and early Victorian eras, when Charles Dickens introduced us to the nearly bygone Christmases of old England.
The market at Metropolitan Seafood was closed, as it always is on Monday, when we slipped through the front door on a drizzly mid-morning, and locked it behind us.
We do tend to connect gingerbread with Christmas but people have been eating gingerbread since the time of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863) had several gingerbread and ginger cake recipes in her cookbook at historic Macculloch Hall in Morristown, NJ. Get the Recipe Here
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