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Christmas 1919 – Christmas 2013

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 24th, 2013 5:04 PM |

This story has become my traditional post to embrace the true spirit of faith, hope, and love. This tale of real heroism and sacrifice ran in The Wall Street Journal in 2008. I think if you read it you will understand why I like it so much.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, or however you celebrate, Happy Holidays!!

LD

A Christmas Tale — 1919The Wall Street Journal, December 2008

By HANS VON SPAKOVSKY

It’s easy to complain in the midst of a stressful holiday season. But my family has a unique remedy: We remember one special Christmas in 1919 that gave us the freedom and liberty we enjoy today. This will be the 89th anniversary of the year my father celebrated Christmas Eve deep in the snow-laden woods of Russia as he fled the Communist takeover of his homeland.  (more…)

Christmas 2011 – Christmas 1919

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 25th, 2011 8:00 AM |

To those who celebrate the birth of Christ and the blessings He brought to the world may you enjoy this day in all its glory. To those who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another traditional form of worship may this season also bring you peace and happiness.

As we come together to enjoy the company of family and friends and to look forward to hopefully better days in 2012 I encourage you to look back and view our current state through the perspective of a story I first read and shared three years ago.

This story made such an impression on me that I am compelled to continue to spread its message of love, determination, strength, and courage.

Enjoy!!

A Christmas Tale — 1919The Wall Street Journal, December 2008

By Hans von Spakovsky

It’s easy to complain in the midst of a stressful holiday season. But my family has a unique remedy: We remember one special Christmas in 1919 that gave us the freedom and liberty we enjoy today. This will be the 89th anniversary of the year my father celebrated Christmas Eve deep in the snow-laden woods of Russia as he fled the Communist takeover of his homeland.

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Christmas 1919

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 25th, 2009 8:28 AM |

This story made such an impact on me last year, it is only fitting to run it again.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, or however you celebrate, Happy Holidays!!

LD

A Christmas Tale — 1919, The Wall Street Journal, December 2008

By HANS VON SPAKOVSKY

It’s easy to complain in the midst of a stressful holiday season. But my family has a unique remedy: We remember one special Christmas in 1919 that gave us the freedom and liberty we enjoy today. This will be the 89th anniversary of the year my father celebrated Christmas Eve deep in the snow-laden woods of Russia as he fled the Communist takeover of his homeland.

When I tell people that my father was an officer in the White Army who fought the Bolsheviks in the Russian civil war, they usually look at me with disbelief, because I am only 49. But he married and started a family later in life, after he lived through both world wars.

He had been an officer in the Russian Army in World War I; after the Bolshevik putsch he ended up fighting against them in the far north of Russia. In 1919 he was close to the Arctic Circle in the port city of Arkhangelsk, where at the beginning of the year, six feet of snow fell and the temperature was regularly 30 degrees below zero. (more…)






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