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Christmas Trees – American holidays

By |2017-08-14T14:26:19+00:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Northern Europe, Religion|

Christmas Tree in Germany (late 1700s, by Joseph Keller) Because Christmas is related to old celebrations of the winter solstice, evergreen trees have always been popular decorations in northern countries at Christmastime. They're green when everything else is dead and white. In the time of the Roman Empire, people sometimes hung small bits of metal from trees at this [...]

Empress Cixi – Qing Dynasty China (the 1800s)

By |2018-04-18T09:53:22+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Empress Dowager Cixi When the Xianfeng Emperor of the Qing Dynasty in China died in 1861 AD, his only son was only five years old. People called him the Tongzhi Emperor, but Tongzhi's mother, the Empress Cixi, who was 27 years old, was really the ruler. Just as with the Mughals in India [...]