Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Thanksgiving

Our Savior is Born

Christmas 2018

Celebrate 

I love Christmas music, Christmas decorations, family gatherings, the aroma of simmering wassail, and snow. While Christmas music and decorations occurring earlier each year cause some to cringe; it brings a holiday cheer to my senses and a smile to my face. I generally put up Christmas decorations the weekend following Thanksgiving and don’t take them down until well after Christmas. I’m perplexed at those who no longer turn on their Christmas lights on December 26th. Christmas season doesn’t end like the slamming of a door.

Christmas is the time of year when Christians celebrate… Continue reading

To Hell With Happy Holidays

Squanto: Patuxet Indian born around 1592, a hundred years after what? Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

1605 Squanto was captured, taken to England, treated well (as well as one can be treated while being held captive), taught English language and customs, the plan was to make him a guide for New World explorers

1614 during his return to America, Squanto was abducted and taken to Spain to be sold as a slave. Purchased by Franciscan Friars and eventually returned to the New World…1619.

Early 1620 he finally returns to the area of his birth, near what is now Plymouth,… Continue reading

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