My Top 5 Articles of 2023

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My Top 5 Articles of 2023 These are the Top 5 articles from my blog this year based on the number of reader views at billpetro.com.   I publish my articles not only on my blog, my email newsletter, Medium, and Substack…   Some of my readers find syndicate links to my articles on Facebook, Twitter/X, LinkedIn, Pinterest,…

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History of Waltz Day: 123,123

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HISTORY OF WALTZ DAY: 123, 123 December 31, 2023, or 12/31/23, is Waltz Day. A day like this is unique, occurring only once a century. For many, this will be the only time in their life they see this kind of date.   Waltz Day? Though it has nothing to do with the annual National…

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History of Auld Lang Syne: What Does the Song Mean?

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HISTORY OF AULD LANG SYNE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN Why is it that each New Year’s Eve, we sing “Auld Lang Syne,” 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…

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History of New Year’s Eve

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HISTORY OF NEW YEAR’S EVE New Year’s Eve, according to the Gregorian Calendar, is the last day of the year 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

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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. It is celebrated in the Western Church on December 28 and in the Eastern Church on December 29. It is also known as…

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History of Boxing Day and the Feast of St. Stephen

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HISTORY OF BOXING DAY While unfamiliar to many Americans, Boxing Day is a well-known holiday among the countries of the former British Commonwealth. It is celebrated on December 26 as a public holiday in the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia… and even Massachusetts, though it’s not a public holiday in…

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History of Christmas Eve and the Battle of the Bulge: 79 Years Ago

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HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS EVE AND THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE: 79 YEARS AGO On Christmas Eve, 1944, my father, Staff Sergeant John Petro, entered the frontline at Strasbourg with the 42nd “Rainbow” Infantry Division in 20-degree weather. Eight days earlier, the Battle of the Bulge had begun. The 42nd Division, along with others, supplied much-needed…

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