The Christmas Tree Ships

an oldie but a goodie for #TBT! Above is a portrait of Elsie Schuenemann at the wheel of the Christmas Ship, near the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. The boat carried Christmas trees to Chicago from Michigan. Her father, Captain H. Schuenemann, died when the … Continue reading The Christmas Tree Ships

Christmas Full Moon and the Metonic Cycle

Moon December 18 2015, photo by Dave in Michigan EarthSky notes that the December full moon will be the first on Christmas since 1977: This month, the December full moon falls on Friday, December 25, 2015. For Earth’s Western Hemisphere, it’s the first full moon on Christmas Day since 1977.We won’t have another full moon on … Continue reading Christmas Full Moon and the Metonic Cycle

Michigan White Christmas Watch

“Winter Blues” Rural Michigan Countryside, photo by John McCormick Editor’s Note: I inadvertently re-blogged a barn photo by John that I posted last year. This one’s a beauty too though!! After a promising start, the Great Lakes snow machine has shut down leaving us to wonder if a white Christmas is on the horizon. mLive meteorologist Mark … Continue reading Michigan White Christmas Watch

White Christmas dreams will come true in Michigan!

I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas!, photo by Spring Noel mLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa makes the question of whether we’ll have a white Christmas or not pretty simple, saying: “If you will be in Michigan this Christmas, your dream of a white Christmas will come true – wherever you are.” Read on for his detailed forecast. … Continue reading White Christmas dreams will come true in Michigan!

The Perfect Christmas Tree (some assembly required)

Roll 1 FILM Snowy Pine SOOC, photo by Carolyn Gallo The History of Christmas Trees from the History Channel notes that ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows, many in the belief that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. A popular belief is that Martin Luther was walking … Continue reading The Perfect Christmas Tree (some assembly required)

Help the National Audubon Society with their Christmas Bird Count

Out On A Limb, photo by Beth Crawford 65. The Great Lakes Echo tipped us off to the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. : Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations … Continue reading Help the National Audubon Society with their Christmas Bird Count