Posts Tagged ‘Holiday Greeting’

Message in a Bottle Soldiers Stories

July 30, 2009
Romance on the High Seas

Romance on the High Seas

Throughout the years Message in a Bottle has been a fascinating way of communication for soldiers and their loved ones.

When “Aunt Pete” wrote to her soldier nephew in France in 1918, she had no idea what she was starting. Her letter began life inside a US mail bag, spent almost 90 years as a message in a bottle and ended up generating an avalanche of transatlantic emails.

An article was published reporting that Aunt Pete’s letter, sent from Oklahoma City in July 1918, had been found by French archaeologists in a spring-topped beer bottle near old trench lines in Lorraine.

The letter – almost perfectly preserved – gave a jaunty account of the mood in the midwest of the United States four months from the end of the First World War.

“In 1953 a bottle was found in Tasmania 37 years after it had been dropped overboard by two Australian soldiers on their way to France in a troopship. The mother of one of the soldiers recognized the handwriting of her son who had been killed in action in 1918″.

In June 1944 soldiers from the 6th Battalion Border Regiment took part in the D-Day Landings. Scheduled for 5 June, D-Day was put back 24 hours so that the landing could take place early on the morning of June 6th, 1944.

Among the soldiers, there were nine members of the 6th Border Regiment, members of No.10 Beach Group. Their job was to organize the beaches and establish reception posts for personnel, transport, provisions and armored vehicles. During the Channel crossing they drank a bottle of champagne that they had bought back in 1940 and had kept it for a special occasion.

Champagne gone they decided to write their names and a message on a piece of paper in hopes of a safe return they wrote that when and if the bottle was found to please put this paper in the post along with the bottle to The Castle, Carlisle, Cumberland, England and signed it, HJ Bartholomew, J Westoll, C Askew, B Oliver, T Heath, JW Triggs, T Graham (MO), RC Troughton and T Mackie.

Interesting that Message in a Bottle messages have been used throughout the years as special communications with the hope and dream of them being captured and read by any person who is lucky enough to find it.

We have had many soldiers order our beautiful Message in a Bottle gifts for their loved ones be it their girlfriend, fiancee, wife and yes even their wonderful MOMS. They may not be sent through the ocean as they have in the past but they have certainly flown over it to meet it’s destination safe and sound. We are very proud of our military and the wonderful freedom they provide. Thank you to all our military and May God Bless and Keep you Safe.Babies Breath and Butterflies


Letter from Santa with a Message in a Bottle

June 29, 2009
Santa and his Sleigh

Santa and his Sleigh

The tradition and wonderful illusion we give our children at Christmas time is a pure joy when we see their faces light up with such excitement. Christmas is a time of wonderment and pure elation. The Macy’s day parade and snow on the ground and the lighted trees help to bring the fantasy alive for our children. The height of excitement is when you take your child to the local department store and Santa is waiting there to listen to your children’s wishes for the holiday season. They can also receive a special message in a bottle greeting that holds a letter from Santa Claus, their favorite character of the year. With a transparent picture of Santa and his reindeer and the illusion of snow shaking in the bottle brings pure joy to the little ones faces.

When was the first Christmas card sent? Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? We have learned to love the origins of Christmas and some of our favorite Christmas traditions and symbols that can bring families close together.

There are lots of Christmas traditions that are practiced by a number of countries all over the world during the holiday season. These traditions can be as diverse as the culture and religious practices of each and every country in the world.

The tradition of Santa begins in the 4th century with Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, an area in present day Turkey. By all accounts St. Nicholas was a generous man, particularly devoted to children. After his death around 340 A.D. he was buried in Myra, but in 1087 Italian sailors purportedly stole his remains and removed them to Bari, Italy, greatly increasing St. Nicholas’ popularity throughout Europe.

His kindness and reputation for generosity gave rise to claims he that he could perform miracles and devotion to him increased. St. Nicholas became the patron saint of Russia, where he was known by his red cape, flowing white beard, and bishop’s mitre.

He takes flight with his reindeer every December 25th making all boys and girls who have been good throughout the year very happy with the presents he leaves under their tree.

With a message in a bottle letter from Santa that tradition stays alive in a very special way.

Message in a Bottle Santa with Presents