Blue Ridge Parkway: A nearly 469-mile photo op

Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway There is no lack of breathtaking vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Near Asheville, the 450-mile stretch connects the Shenandoah with the Great Smoky Mountains.(Photo: jaredkay, Getty Images/iStockphoto)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parkway carves a path of stunning beauty through the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Source: Blue Ridge Parkway: A nearly 469-mile photo op

Christmas | holiday | Britannica.com

Mythical? Santa Claus is *not* real???


Nativity image

Nativity: fresco by Giotto The Nativity, fresco by Giotto, c. 1305–06, depicting the birth of Jesus; in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy. SuperStock

“Christmas has also been a secular family holiday, observed by Christians and non-Christians alike, devoid of Christian elements, and marked by an increasingly elaborate exchange of gifts. In this secular Christmas celebration, a mythical figure named Santa Claus plays the pivotal role.”

Source: Christmas | holiday | Britannica.com

‘Christmas Days’ Is A Feast Of Stories — And Food : NPR

“I mean, we think we’re cynical and we’ve seen it all, we’re living in a post-truth world and we can’t trust anyone, it’s just all spin. But our hearts aren’t that much different. We hope for love, we hope to receive love, we hope to give love. – Jeanette Winterson”

Source: ‘Christmas Days’ Is A Feast Of Stories — And Food : NPR

What to Know About This Year’s Overlapping Christmas and Hanukkah Holidays | TIME

 Sean Gallup—Getty Images A giant, gas-lit menorah stands in front of a Christmas tree shortly after members of the local Jewish community lit the menorah on the night before the first day of Hannukah on Dec. 4, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.

Sean Gallup—Getty Images. A giant, gas-lit menorah stands in front of a Christmas tree shortly after members of the local Jewish community lit the menorah on the night before the first day of Hannukah on Dec. 4, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.

“The last time that this exact Christmas-Hanukkah overlap happened was in 1978, and next time it will happen will be in 2027.”

Source: What to Know About This Year’s Overlapping Christmas and Hanukkah Holidays | TIME