One last post before Christmas.
Geitner Simmons' blog "Regions of Mind" treats U.S. regional history, and especially southern and western history. Earlier this month he wrote a moving post on Spanish missionary efforts in the Carolinas in 1567-1568: "Mission"
Sebastian Montero, chaplain of the Spanish Juan Pardo expedition and the subject of the post, worked for about 18 months, starting in February 1567, preaching to the Carolina Indians. Montero's work "can be considered 'the first authenticated missionary success with the North American Indians.' "
If Montero was there for 18 months, from February 1567, he would have spent Christmas 1567 in this work. This Christmas I'm trying to imagine him there.
Anyway, not really a Christmas post, but a fascinating bit of U.S. history, and a good introduction to a great blog.