My Top 5 Articles of 2022

Top 5 of 2022

My Top 5 Articles of 2022     These are the Top 5 articles from my blog this year based on the number of reader views at billpetro.com:   1. History of Telemachus The story of the monk who caused the Roman gladiatorial games to be ended upon his martyrdom on January 1, A.D. 404. It is often told…

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History of Auld Lang Syne: What Does It Mean?

Auld Lang Syne

HISTORY OF AULD LANG SYNE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN Why do we sing “Auld Lang Syne” each New Year’s Eve, but do we know what it means? The song contains words from a language that few are familiar with, in a syntax that is confusing to most, and is from a poem about friends recalling…

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History of New Year’s Eve

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HISTORY OF NEW YEAR’S EVE New Year’s Eve is the last day of the year, according to the Gregorian Calendar, and is known as Old Year’s Day or St. Sylvester’s Day. You may remember reading that Emperor Constantine was considered the first “Christian” Roman Emperor. St. Sylvester is responsible for Constantine’s conversion in the 4th…

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History of Childermas: Feast of the Holy Innocents

Childermas

HISTORY OF CHILDERMAS: FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS Childermas, from an Old English word meaning the Mass of the Infants, is the festival in the church calendar begun in the fifth century — celebrated in the Western Church on December 28 and in the Eastern Church on December 29. It is also known as Bairn’s…

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Christmas Traditions Podcast

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS PODCAST Catch my 45-minute podcast segment, where I talk about the history of Christmas traditions. It starts at 59:00 and goes to 1:45:15. https://spoti.fi/3Wi8F1U

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History of Christmas Eve and the Battle of the Bulge: 78 Years Ago

Snow Fighters

HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS EVE AND THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE: 78 YEARS AGO On Christmas Eve, 1944, my father, Staff Sergeant John Petro, arrived in Strasbourg with the 42nd “Rainbow” Infantry Division. Eight days earlier, the Battle of the Bulge had begun. The 42nd Division and others supplied much-needed reinforcements to the most extensive and…

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