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On beginning

 And so another year has passed and we have spent it burned out, in anguish, and in watching beloved people leave us. And another year begins.I really recognize the "sameness" of New Year's Day. It is, in many ways, quite simply another day. I normally...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 1 Jan 2022

New Year’s Traditions in Jane Austen’s Time

Inquiring Readers, We will soon be ringing in 2022 and celebrating New Year’s Eve. Superstitions and traditions from the Regency era still survive. This post mentions customs Jane Austen and her family probably knew about or personally followed. Did...
From: Jane Austen's World on 31 Dec 2021

My Favorite Penguins

Happy New Year! And my very best wishes to all for a better year than last! I’m a little bleary-eyed, having worked very hard over the holidays on grading and my forthcoming book, which is due at the publisher on March 1. And I’ve got to prep...
From: streets of salem on 2 Jan 2021


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “WANTED on Purchase, or Hire by the Year, A Honest, handy, young Negro Fellow.” Thomas Green and Ebenezer Watson, the printers of the Connecticut Courant, extended...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Jan 2021

January 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A Happy New Year!” On January 1, 1771, subscribers to the Massachusetts Spy received a bonus sheet, not from the printer but instead from “The LAD who carries...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Jan 2021

From the Archive: A New Year’s Recipe from Old Prussia

As we prepare to enthusiastically welcome a new year (and say good riddance to 2020), I would love to revisit a wonderful recipe for celebratory cakes. In this piece that originally published in 2014, Molly Taylor-Poleskey notes that honey cakes commemorated...
From: The Recipes Project on 31 Dec 2020

December 27

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “NEW-YEARS PRESENTS.” In the late colonial period, most advertisers did not prompt prospective customers to think of their merchandise in association with Christmas...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 27 Dec 2020

New Year’s Eve, 19

What are you wearing on New Year’s Eve?  I’m still dealing with this bum leg, so it will likely be sweatpants for me, unfortunately, but I have to say I that some version of “domestic attire” has been the norm for the...
From: streets of salem on 30 Dec 2019

“we past Christmas day very agreeably”

HENRIETTA MARCHANT LISTON arrived in the United States in 1796 with her husband Robert who had been appointed British ambassador to the new nation. They took up residence in Philadelphia, the capital. Genuinely curious about the New World, they began...
From: In the Words of Women on 29 Dec 2019

An Eventful 1851 in Salem

The media—exclusively newspapers—looked back at the year’s events at its end in the nineteenth century just as it does today. This accounting was traditionally presented in the first few days of January by the Salem Observer, and...
From: streets of salem on 2 Jan 2019

Victory New Year, 1919

All New Years are special as they embedded with thoughts of hopefulness and fresh starts, but I think the dawn of 1919 might have been particularly so: the themes of victory and peace following the Great War ring out in all the accounts of its celebration,...
From: streets of salem on 28 Dec 2018

January 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (January 1, 1768).“Such as an Assortment of Goods, as will be most agreable to the People in general here.” In 1768 Jonathan Moulton began the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Jan 2018

Happy New Year, early modern style!

  Dear readers, Happy 2017! For your reading pleasure in the first RECIRC blog post of the year, I’ve rounded up several examples of New Year-themed writings and related practices from the early modern period: epistolary exchanges, gift giving,...
From: RECIRC on 17 Jan 2017

Tales from the Archives: A New Year’s Recipe from Old Prussia

In September 2016, The Recipes Project celebrated its fourth birthday. We now have over 470 posts in our archives and over 117 pages for readers to sift through. That’s a lot of material! (And thank you so much to our contributors for sharing such...
From: The Recipes Project on 17 Jan 2017

New Year’s Honours for Shakespeare

Patricia Routledge At the beginning of 2017 the New Year’s Honours List was published in which the great and the good were recognised for their services. Following the successful 2016 Rio Olympics it was inevitable that many of those honoured would...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 8 Jan 2017

Begging for Bounty

Every day they took apart the city, and put it back together again. New Year’s Day was no different. They worked while dawn, then dusk, threaded the sky, to patch up narrow streets. Lamplighters, an urban mainstay heroicized by Maria Susanna Cummins’...
From: The Junto on 2 Jan 2017

The Golden Age of Gift-Giving

Before the Victorians and the twentieth century transformed Christmas into the extravaganza that it is today, New Year’s Day–in the midst of an extended Christmastide– was the occasion for offering and receiving gifts. We know a lot...
From: streets of salem on 1 Jan 2017

Toasts and Toadstools

There are myriad good luck charms associated with the New Year, and I’ve featured many of them already, including the Scottish “First Footing” ritual and the pig and chimney sweep traditions of continental Europe. I really can’t...
From: streets of salem on 29 Dec 2016

Happy New Year!

I am sorry for the lack of blogging in the past few days, but I've been much at the hospital with a family member and focused on the present, not the past.I do want to let you know that I've had an article published in the January 2016 issue of Tudor...

The Charm of Chimney Sweeps

It is somewhat difficult to comprehend how chimney sweeps–soot-covered, often very young boys who were virtually enslaved to climb up and down narrow flues, brush in hand–could be transformed into good luck charms in the later nineteenth century,...
From: streets of salem on 30 Dec 2015

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