Thursday, December 24, 2015

CHRISTMAS MENUS on vintage postcards.

Grace, Kindness, Good Cheer... I hope all of these are on your menu, not only for Christmas but all year long.  

Thinking about food, though, consider the following menu for Xmas Dinner at the U.S. Naval Hospital in New York in the year 1918.  

Nearly 100 years later this menu (without the cigars and cigarettes!!) will be served in many, many American households this Christmas.  

This was an important time on the world scene.  Consider:

Historical Events for December 1918
4th - US President Woodrow Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France, 1st President to travel outside US while in office
9th - French troops occupies Mainz
13th - US army of occupation crosses Rhine, enters Germany
15th - American Jewish Congress holds its 1st meeting
16th - German troops evacuate Finland, give over Kiev in the Ukraine to revolutionary forces and pull back from Estonia as Bolshevik forces move in
17th - Workers' and soldiers' councils take control of German government in Berlin, until elections in January selects new national assembly
20th - The Allies turn their attention to Bolshevik expansion in the East, landing troops in Crimea and Latvia
26th - After spending Christmas with American troops in France, Wilson goes to London for preliminary discussions about the forthcoming peace conference
27th - The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans begins.
30th - John E Hoover decides to be called J. Edgar Hoover 

Consider how times have changed.