December 2011
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CONTENTS

2 That Intangible Quality

10 Early Dulcimers
Born in Germany, the dulcimer grew Celtic roots in America, but before the 20th-Century folk revival neither the instrument nor its playing method fit any standard. Their diversity, availability, and affordability make dulcimers interesting collectibles.
22 The Christmas Cabin
As a Christmas Eve baby, Stacee Droit always felt a special kinship for the holiday. This year as new owners of the log house her parents built, Stacee and husband Bruce plan a special holiday celebration.
34 Warm Feelings Inside
Despite their years of traveling to gather antiques, Hazel and Harry Harman always came home, finally building their dream house in south-central Virginia near where both grew up.
46 Tokens of Thanks
In appreciation for your holiday hostess, we offer a simple gift you can make. If you?re doing the hosting, send your guests home with a small expression of holiday cheer. We provide recipes and packaging inspiration.
50 New Year's Day Superstitions
From shooting guns to shooing women from their doorstep, many early Americans welcomed the New Year with odd practices based on Old World superstitions.
56 A Scottish New Year’s Eve Celebration
Forbidden to celebrate Christmas, the Scots improvised with Hogmanay—a New Year?s Eve feast to celebrate with family, friends, gifts, and perhaps a wee dram of whiskey.
58 At the Sign of the Eagle
Taverns and tradesmen sought to attract business by erecting colorful signs that were easily seen and deciphered. To supplement the small percentage of antiques that survived weather and the wood pile, traditional artisans offer their own renditions.
80 New Habits Go Old School

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