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They still dress like this in York County, Pa.: Linked in with neat history stuff, Dec. 26, 2011

Yes, people still dress like this around York County, Pa. The Glen Rock Carolers have been singing on Christmas morn for some 150 years. This year, the annual rite of Christmas had an added attraction. Glen Rock native Lt. Ben Brown came home from Iraq just in time to see the carolers perform – his greatest holiday wish. In fact, he took to the streets with the carolers. See additional photos of the 2011 carolers: Glen Rock soldier home for Christmas.  Also of interest: Another rite of Christmas – The New York Wire Factory Whistle. Love it or loathe it?

Neat stuff from all over… .

I’ve had the privilege of writing Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas editorials – that staple down the left side of the opinion page each day – for the York Daily Record/Sunday News for about 20 years.

I look for material all year, particularly mining historical sources. One goal always is to compare and contrast the old and new. Many of today’s problems, for example, are no different than what our families faced back in time.

History doesn’t start with us.

This year, I read a piece somewhere about Uncle Billy, as an overlooked character in the holiday classic: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I don’t remember the point of the article, but I turned the notion that Uncle Billy needs more ink into this year’s Christmas editorial.

Any thoughts on Uncle Billy or any other of the surprisingly complex characters in the 1946 film?

 Column of note, I: Yorkblogger and York Sunday News columnist tells about an unlikely combo for a York countian or any countian – William Gibson, naval officer and poet.

Column of note, II: Columnist Gordon Freireich writes about a relatively new landmark in York: the Gold Star Garden.

Blog post of the day: Buffy Andrews’ Buffy’s World gives a glimpse at recent popular blog posts from all over: YDR visual blog to Bury’s burgers to holiday

Forum of the day: People are responding to an Only in York County post about Winter in Pennsylvania. Here’s a sample from Joan Concilio’s blog: “If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you might live in Pennsylvania.”