Christmas – on a little stage

December 26, 2013

What makes pop-ups pop?  

142 Years Ago …

142 Years Ago … New York’s Harper’s Weekly published on January 2, 1869 with the salutation, “A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

Merry Xmas!

Wishing you happiness and health for the new year!
Nancy E. Gwinn and the Smithsonian Libraries staff

White House Honors IMLS Awardees

There is probably no better place to be during the holidays than the White House. I was privileged to attend the ceremony for the 2010 Winners of the IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) National Medal. First Lady Michelle Obama elegantly presented each award in the East Room.

Featuring: The first Noël: a Christmas carousel

The first Noël, like many pop-up and movable books, was created to celebrate the holiday season.

Poinsettia Day

As long as you avoid wiping your eyes with the leaves or serving them up in a salad, it should be possible to enjoy these colorful poinsettia plants in your home.

Happy St. Nicholas Day

Apparently the man we have come to call Santa was also, according to Wikipedia, “the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, and students.”

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