Who Was Old Rip Van Winkle?

Who Was Old Rip Van Winkle?

Who was Old Rip Van Winkle anyway? I mentioned in yesterday’s post that much of what we imagine to be old Christmas traditions were reimagined and made beautifully nostalgic by writers like Charles Dickens and Washington Irving.  Washington Irving was an American author, historian and diplomat from the early 19th century.  He wrote some of our culture’s favorite stories like “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.”  It is the Rip Van Winkle story that I find so compelling- especially with that famous whiskey brand being so coveted… The story of Rip Van Winkle is about a man that lived in the Hudson Valley near the Catskill Mountains of New York.  Van Winkle lived in America while the British were still running the show.  He lived in a small town and...