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Monks Sued For the Rights to Sell Coffin

After Hurricane Katrina put St. Joseph Abbey of Louisiana in financial hardship, the monks decided to parlay their woodworking skills into making and selling coffins. But before they could even sold a single casket, St. [...]

Nutcracker History

We consider a nutcracker shaped like a human to be a Christmas symbol because of Peter Tchaikovsky’s 1892 ballet The Nutcracker. That’s about all that most of us know about nutcrackers. The wooden icon we recognize traces its beginnings to the German mining town of Seiffen. By the mid 1800s many mines had played out and [...]