Browsing: December 25

A Brief History Today, December 25, 2023, I, Dr. Zar, wish all of my family, friends, colleagues, students, and subscribers a Merry Christmas! Digging Deeper With the year nearing its end, I can reflect back upon many positive moments in 2023 from my wonderful time teaching my students to the awesome events experienced with my friends, and especially meeting my new puppy.  I hope that all of you have also had an abundance of happiness this past year. Question for students (and subscribers): What has been your favorite moment of 2023?  Please let us know in the comments section below this…

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A Brief History This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on December 25th.  For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event. Digging Deeper On December 25, AD 1, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, in what is now Israel, or so the story goes. On December 25, 336, the first documented celebration of December 25th as “Christmas” celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ occurred in Rome. On December 25, 1826, cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point cracked the annals of history…

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A Brief History On December 25, 1991, on the day that Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the Soviet Union, Ukraine’s referendum was completed, meaning Ukraine was no longer part of the USSR.  In fact, the next day, the USSR itself ceased to exist. Digging Deeper Ukrainian independence had been declared back on August 24, 1991, but became official when the December 1, 1991 national vote on leaving the USSR became finalized.  In Ukraine at the time of independence, Christmas was usually celebrated on January 7th,  although the horrible events surrounding the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine caused Ukrainians to…

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A Brief History Hello, everyone!  I am Dr. Zar and today, I want to wish my family, friends, colleagues, students, and subscribers a Merry Christmas 2022! Digging Deeper Did you know that the music for the popular Christmas carol titled “Carol of the Bells” is based on the Ukrainian folk chant titled “Shchedryk” by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych? If you have some spare time during this winter break and if you have not yet already done so, I encourage you to read Mr. Markham’s recent biography of Napoleon titled Simply Napoleon.  Also, to see some of Mr. Halsall’s films, please…

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A Brief History On December 25, 336, the first documented celebration of December 25th as “Christmas” celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ occurred in Rome.  Ever since, Christians have been celebrating Christmas on December 25th, or January 6th, or January 7th, or even January 19th! Digging Deeper Today, we ask what YOUR favorite Christmas tradition is, and we give you some suggestions to choose from: Black Friday Sales Christmas break from work and school Christmas lights and trees Christmas Music Family get-togethers and dinners Gift exchanging Mistletoe Question for students (and subscribers): So tell us, what is your favorite Christmas…

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