Category Archives: Christmas

From the UIP release Christmas in Illinois, edited by James Ballowe: Before sitting on Santa’s lap in department stores became the way children let Santa and their parents know what they wanted for Christmas, letter writing was common, and often … Continue reading

Alan Guebert’s book The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey may have been inspired by a little homemade wine. Guebert, has been writing his nationally syndicated column “The Farm and Food File” since 1993. The first seed of what would become … Continue reading

Hope your celebrations are as joyful as ours…

Our books make great holiday gifts, and Dusty Rhodes at the University of Illinois News Bureau agrees. She’s included John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle’s Picturing Illinois: Twentieth-Century Postcard Art from Chicago to Cairo in the annual campus holiday gift … Continue reading

After such a trying and tumultuous year, we in Journals thought we would lighten the mood a bit by showing you how we truly embody the holiday spirit (faces blurred to protect the innocent).* Best wishes to you and yours … Continue reading

  James Ballowe, author of the new book Christmas in Illinois, was interviewed November 26, 2010, on WGN-TV’s Midday News.

Calling all prospective East Central Illinois Black Friday survivors. This coming Sunday, November 28, the Champaign Public Library will host an event for the new anthology Christmas in Illinois. At 2:00 p.m., The Temperley Singers will welcome attendees with traditional carols and editor James … Continue reading

The Times newspaper in Ottawa, Illinois, interviewed James Ballowe about his new book Christmas in Illinois. Q. How did you gather the writings and photos? A. I made perhaps a hundred personal contacts around the state, partially by telephone or e-mail, … Continue reading