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Christmas in Pittsburgh and Herb Ideas for the Holidays


| 12/9/2013 4:11:00 PM


Christmas in Pittsburgh

Living in the Pittsburgh area, Christmas celebrations are a blend of many different ethnicities. During the days before Christmas there is a Peoples Gas Holiday Market in the downtown area, which is patterned after the Christkindlemarkt created in 1545 in Nuremberg, Germany, and the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois.

The city is also lucky enough to have a replica of the Vatican’s Crèche, which is built in St. Peter’s Square in Rome every year. It is a larger-than-life replica, and it is beautiful. The Herbal Husband and I visited several years ago. It has become a popular tradition for many families to visit this attraction every season. I wanted you to see the Crèche at night. I found a beautiful photo taken by Dr. Dennis Woytek, an assistant professor of Journalism and Multimedia Arts at Duquesne University. Dr. Woytek has a blog, The Woytek Blog, talking about his travels and this Crèche. If you are in the Pittsburgh area, the Crèche is a not-to-be-missed Christmas experience.

Vatican Creche

Vatican Creche
Be sure to visit the Pittsburgh Creche at night, when it is at its most beautiful. Photos Courtesy Dr. Dennis Woytek, The Woytek Blog.

My Favorite Christmas Herb Books

This time of year, two of my favorite herbal authors are Adelma Grenier Simmons and Bertha Reppert. Simmons wrote a number of herbal books, but one of my favorites is A Merry Christmas Herbal, which was published in 1968. Simmons considered Christmas to be a season all by itself. In another one of her books, Herb Gardening in Five Seasons, at Caprilands (her famous herb farm) they celebrated Christmas from St. Nicholas Day, December 6, to Twelfth Night, January 6, extending the season.



Find Simmons’ books at BookFinder.com



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