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National Christmas Tree’s rich History

 

US Capitol Christmas Tree and Other Forerunners to the National (Community) Christmas Tree

US National Park ServiceWashington, D.C. – The first community Christmas celebration in Washington, D.C. was on December 24th, 1913. The Christmas tree and related pageantry occurred on the East Plaza of the US Capitol on Christmas Eve. It was meant as a celebration for all of Washington, rich and poor, young and old, although a special emphasis was placed on the children.1

The forty-five minute program, replete with angel figures in white robes, nativity tableaux, carols, and Boy Scouts waving American flags, was modeled largely on community celebrations in other cities.

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background. (NPS PHOTO)

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background.
(NPS PHOTO)

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Marsha Blackburn: “Afghanistan Papers” bombshell, It’s time for a congressional investigation

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – If it were any other year, last week’s “Afghanistan Papers” bombshell in the Washington Post would still be dominating headlines, talk radio segments, and cable news chyrons.

For passive observers of wartime news, the Afghanistan Papers validated almost two decades of barroom debate over the unprecedented outpouring of resources and troops into a region many Americans long ago wrote off as lost cause.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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The National Christmas Tree’s deep History

 

US Capitol Christmas Tree and Other Forerunners to the National (Community) Christmas Tree

US National Park ServiceWashington, D.C. – December 24th, 1913 was the first community Christmas celebration in Washington, D.C. On the East Plaza of the US Capitol on Christmas Eve, the Christmas tree and related pageantry occurred. It was meant as a celebration for all of Washington, rich and poor, young and old, although a special emphasis was placed on the children.1

The forty-five minute program, replete with angel figures in white robes, nativity tableaux, carols, and Boy Scouts waving American flags, was modeled largely on community celebrations in other cities.

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background. (NPS PHOTO)

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background.
(NPS PHOTO)

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History of the National Christmas Tree

 

US Capitol Christmas Tree and Other Forerunners to the National (Community) Christmas Tree

US National Park ServiceWashington, D.C. – The first community Christmas celebration in Washington, D.C was December 24th, 1913. The Christmas tree and related pageantry occurred on the East Plaza of the US Capitol on Christmas Eve. It was meant as a celebration for all of Washington, rich and poor, young and old, although a special emphasis was placed on the children.1

The forty-five minute program, replete with angel figures in white robes, nativity tableaux, carols, and Boy Scouts waving American flags, was modeled largely on community celebrations in other cities.

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background. (NPS PHOTO)

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background.
(NPS PHOTO)

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Alley Poet’s Pen: For the Troops…

 

Alley Poet's PenNashville, TN – Once, in another life, I found myself seated atop the rear of a convertible Corvette in a Veteran’s Day parade, cruising 5MPH down the streets of the township where I was an elected councilwoman. I’d been called up last minute (just that morning) by a fellow councilman colleague, as though I was to know of the tradition that existed each year.

There would be a program of festivities and a ceremony set up at the local park. As we waved and smiled at our neighbors and friends, I saw the councilman pull out two typed sheets of paper from the breast pocket of his suit. When I asked what it was, he said, “You know we’re making speeches.”

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

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National Christmas Tree History

 

The US Capitol Christmas Tree and Other Forerunners to the National (Community) Christmas Tree

US National Park ServiceWashington, D.C. – December 24th, 1913 saw the first community Christmas celebration in Washington, D.C. The Christmas tree and related pageantry occurred on the East Plaza of the US Capitol on Christmas Eve. It was meant as a celebration for all of Washington, rich and poor, young and old, although a special emphasis was placed on the children.1

The forty-five minute program, replete with angel figures in white robes, nativity tableaux, carols, and Boy Scouts waving American flags, was modeled largely on community celebrations in other cities.

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background. (NPS PHOTO)

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background.
(NPS PHOTO)

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History of the National Christmas Trees

 

The US Capitol Christmas Tree and Other Forerunners to the National (Community) Christmas Tree

US National Park ServiceWashington, D.C. – December 24th, 1913 saw the first community Christmas celebration in Washington, D.C. The Christmas tree and related pageantry occurred on the East Plaza of the US Capitol on Christmas Eve. It was meant as a celebration for all of Washington, rich and poor, young and old, although a special emphasis was placed on the children.1

The forty-five minute program, replete with angel figures in white robes, nativity tableaux, carols, and Boy Scouts waving American flags, was modeled largely on community celebrations in other cities.

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background. (NPS PHOTO)

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background.
(NPS PHOTO)

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APSU to have Popular American humorist Roy Blount Jr. speak March 26th

 

APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative ArtsClarksville, TN – Roy Blount Jr. is a hard man to classify. Is he a sports writer, an essayist or one of America’s leading humorists?

The Washington Post called his first book, “About Three Bricks Shy…And the Load Filled Up,” one of the 10 best sports books ever written.  Time magazine puts him “in the tradition of the great curmudgeons like H.L. Mencken and W.C. Fields.”

Roy Blount Jr. to speak at APSU

Roy Blount Jr. to speak at APSU

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The United States of Welfare

 

Recently, I saw a graphic on Facebook depicting certain states in the USA where there were more people on welfare than working in that state. A couple of days later, I read a post that a friend shared on Facebook, again, about welfare.

I was not surprised at the post, rather, reminded that sometimes it takes a couple nudges for us to see what we’re really seeing. The post was from Mike Huckabee, a former preacher and presidential candidate. «Read the rest of this article»

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The Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus holds first Concert in the newly dedicated George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

 

Austin Peay State UniversityThe Clarksville Community Concert AssociationClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Community Concert Association as part of their Community Concert Series in partnership with Austin Peay State University brought the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Chorus to Clarksville to play the first concert in the soon to be re-dedicated concert Hall.

After the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus opened with George Mabry’s newest composition “If Music Be the Food of Love,” a small ceremony was held to rededicate the Austin Peay State University Music/Mass communication building concert hall in honor of Dr. George Mabry and his wife Sharon Mabry. The Mabry’s have been members of the faculty at university since the 1970s and have made their mark on both the university and the community.

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Chorus on stage in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on Austin Peay State University

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Chorus on stage in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on Austin Peay State University

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