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First Lady

Who was the first First Lady to be called “First Lady”? What were they called before that?

From Martha Washington through Julia Grant, presidential wives did not have a title. Martha was called “Lady Washington”; later wives were often called “Mrs. Presidentress.” In 1876, journalist Mary Clemmer Ames referred to Lucy Ware Webb Hayes, as “the First Lady of the Land” in her column “Woman’s Letter from Washington.” Lucy Hayes turned out …

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mistletoe

Where did the custom of kissing under the mistletoe originate?

Mistletoe has long been associated with peace. However, no one completely agrees on the origin of kissing under the mistletoe. Ancient Romans believed that mistletoe had the magic power of peace. If opposing soldiers met under a mistletoe-covered tree, they would temporarily put down their weapons and declare peace for the day. In later times, …

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