Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

December 29, 2016

December 29, 2016

Valleyview Park, Oshawa, c. 1950

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December 21, 2016

December 21, 2016

Tonight marks the first day of winter, or the winter solstice.  This is the astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Yule and yuletide, other common names for this holiday season, are thought to be derived from the Scandinavian ‘Jul,’ the pagan celebration of the solstice.  Yule/Jul was a twelve day celebration, often interpreted as the reawakening of nature.  Many traditions we celebrate today, including, the Christmas tree, wreath, Yule log, and other, are believed to be descendants from these ‘Jul’ celebrations.

Happy First Day of Winter!

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December 10, 2016

December 10, 2016

Do you hang a wreath on your front door this time of year? A popular Christmas decoration, wreaths are often made of evergreens, including holly, mistletoe, pine and fir. Not only do they stay green through the year, but they will often bear fruit in the winter, they are representative of life everlasting and the promise of spring through winter’s dark and cold days.  Their shape of a circle reminds us of life, family, and love.

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December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015

Auld Lang Syne

At midnight tonight, after shouting ‘Happy New Year,’ many will recite the well-known poem by Scottish poet Robbie Burns, Auld Lang Syne, written in 1788.  The tune to which it is traditionally sung is an old Scottish folk tune.

From us at the Oshawa Community Museum, have a wonderful New Years.

From the Oshawa Community Archives Collection

From the Oshawa Community Archives Collection


 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne*?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.

December 30, 2015

December 30, 2015
Lakeview Park, Oshawa, 1937

Lakeview Park, Oshawa, 1937

December 29, 2015

December 29, 2015

If you’re enjoying a break between Christmas and New Years and are looking for a winter activity, why not build a snowman.  This photograph from Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales can be your inspiration.  It is the oldest known photograph of a snowman, dating to the 1850s.

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From Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015

Winter Solstice

Tonight marks the first day of winter, or the winter solstice.  This is the astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Yule and yuletide, other common names for this holiday season, are thought to be derived from the Scandinavian ‘Jul,’ the pagan celebration of the solstice.  Yule/Jul was a twelve day celebration, often interpreted as the reawakening of nature.  Many traditions we celebrate today, including, the Christmas tree, wreath, Yule log, and other, are believed to be descendants from these ‘Jul’ celebrations.

Happy First Day of Winter!

Winter at Henry House

Winter at Henry House

December 13, 2015

December 13, 2015

Jack Frost

Jack Frost is the personification of frost, ice, snow, sleet, and freezing cold weather, a variant of Old Man Winter, who is another personification of the winter season, held responsible for frosty weather, for nipping the nose and toes during the cold winter months, colouring the leaves in autumn, and leaving fern frost on cold windows on chilly winter mornings.

Starting in late 19th century literature, more filled-out characterizations of Jack Frost have made him into a sprite-like character. He sometimes appears as a sinister mischief maker or as a hero.  He may be portrayed as an older man, a young adult, or even a teenager.

He may originate from Anglo-Saxon and Norse winter customs. In Russia however, he has taken on a different form as Grandfather Frost, and in Germany there is instead a different entity altogether. There are various other mythological beings who take on a similar role yet have different folklore to them.

From the Oshawa Community Archives Collection

From the Oshawa Community Archives Collection

December 12, 2015

December 12, 2015

One Horse Open Sleigh

During the winter months of the Victorian age the easiest form of transportation would have been by sleigh. This mode of travel was associated with the winter months and thus worked its way into several well-known Christmas carols.
Jingle Bells
Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way

Bells on bobtail ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight!

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

This song was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857.

From the Oshawa Community Archives

From the Oshawa Community Archives

December 4, 2015

December 4, 2015

The Oshawa Community Museum’s Annual Lamplight Tour

The holiday season at the Oshawa Museum would not be complete without the annual Lamplight Tour, where guests tour through Henry House, lit by oil lamps, and learn about other traditions in Robinson House.  This tour has been a staple in the community for many years, and it is a favourite event for staff and visitors alike!

Here are a selection of photos from the Lamplight Tour 2014.

If you’re in Oshawa, please join us on Saturday December 5, from 6-8pm and take part in this beloved holiday event!

Our youngest Victorians assisting Community Engagement Co-ordinator Lisa with making the Plum Pudding!

Our youngest Victorians assisting Community Engagement Co-ordinator Lisa with making the Plum Pudding! Photo credit: L. Bazowsky

 

Guests enjoying their visit with Father Christmas

Guests enjoying their visit with Father Christmas

 

Visitor Host Sarah ready to greet guests in Robinson House

Visitor Host Sarah ready to greet guests in Robinson House

 

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Lamplight in Henry House