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Christmas Posts

Merry Christmas from Congdon Park

Duluth Photo Engraving Company holiday postcard circa 1915.

The Little Black Books – “I Like Christmas”

Mark Lindquist puts brandy in his nog.

Video: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in Plummer, Minn.

On Tuesday the 19th annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolled through the city of Plummer, about 220 miles northwest of Duluth. Richard Hoeg was there and captured photos and video for his 365 Days of Birds blog.

PDD Quiz: Holiday Traditions

It’s that time of year again: the lights are twinkling, the tourists are flocking, and “Christmas City” plays on a seemingly endless loop. How well do you know your Twin Ports holiday traditions? Whip yourself up a Tom & Jerry and settle in for the quiz!

The next PDD Quiz, reviewing the events of 2017, will be published on Dec. 31. Please send question ideas to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Dec. 28.

X-mas FAQ

The Christmas holiday is a joyous celebration commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed through gift giving, wreath hanging, carol singing, tree decorating, card exchanging, egg nog drinking, fruitcake chewing, chestnut roasting and other questionable behavior. Not everyone believes in Jesus Christ, or fruitcake for that matter, but all decent human beings are expected to be just a little nicer than usual in December and tolerate all the crackpots.

For those who are unsure how to comply with society’s expectations, I’ve put together a few quick answers to some frequently asked Christmas questions.

Should my family put together a holiday photo card or just do the general Hallmark greeting card thing?

No matter how crappy a photo card is, a majority of recipients will save it their entire lives. Hallmark cards are completely pointless and will be in the recycling bin on Dec. 26 by noon.

More Bentleyville 2017

Video by Chris Bales.

Bentleyville 2017 Drone Video

Video by ‎Kevin Wehmeyer‎ of Drone 117.

PDD Gift Guide 2017

With an abundance of local craft fairs and new shops featuring local artists and products, supporting and buying local seems to be getting easier and easier in Duluth. With that in mind we bring you the annual PDD Gift Guide, a list of ideas with a local connection. As in previous years, we’ll kick it off with 15 suggestions. If you have your own ideas, or if you’re a local maker, feel free to add products and links in the comments.

Paul Metsa – “Christmas at Molly’s”

This video slideshow, produced by Andy Watson of ANDVD Media, was released just before Christmas. It features a song written by Paul Metsa in 1990 as a loving tribute to Molly O’Kash Muench Spaun, proprietor of Molly’s Bar in Superior. Spaun died in 2013 at the age of 99. Molly’s Bar closed in 2005 and became Tower Avenue Tavern.

Arrowhead Christmas by Knute Heldner

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Impressionist painter Knute Heldner lived in Duluth during the early 1900s.

Merry Christmas: Greetings from Duluth, Minn.

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Merry Christmas from Fred Tyson

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Ingeborg von Agassiz – “Jolly Old St. Nick”

A reharmonization and altered melody for the traditional holiday classic “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” by Duluth’s Ingeborg von Agassiz.

Duluth Nordic Center Stop-motion Workshop Video

A compilation of stop-motion animations done by children at the Nordic Center on Nov. 20. Video by Falyn Oja.

Dance Attic – “Startin’ a Fire with You”

Happy holidays! Jimi Cooper and Suzi Ludwig of Dance Attic bring the holiday cheer for this year’s PDD Christmas video. The song is from the band’s first album, tentatively scheduled for release in April.

A big thank you to the Homegrown Music Festival for sponsoring the video. Band registration is happening now, the Homegrown Winter Fiasco is Jan. 13, and the full-on eight-day extravaganza happens April 30 to May 7.

A big tip of the western hat also goes out to Darryn Wallace, who made Dance Attic’s snappy outfits.

Visit the PDD Holiday Video Showcase to view a collection of clips featuring the ghosts of Christmas’ past.