No other annual event has influenced the lives of so many people as the December solstice. For centuries, this event has been at the forefront of the lives of many people, through mythology, religion, art, and literature. In the northern hemisphere, December … Continue reading Happy December Solstice!
In “The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.” author Washington Irving in 1820 describes memories of Christmas Eve: ❝ The Yule-clog and Christmas candle were regularly burnt, and the mistletoe with its white berries hung up, to the imminent peril of … Continue reading Origins ❅ Mistletoe, Holly, and Yule Logs
What if we could do it all over again? “I just don’t think you’re worthy of a promotion,” Augustus shrugged. I was seated across the table from my manager in the meeting room, in the process of receiving my annual employment … Continue reading Take Two: Rewriting History
It is I, the Terrorizer, Saint Nick’s doppelganger, Krampus! I know most of you have forgotten me, or just plain don’t know, but I have been terrifying little European children for centuries! While the kindly, old, white-bearded, red-suited “ho-ho-ho” is … Continue reading Gruß vom Krampus!
Who was Santa Claus? Father Christmas ~ Saint Nick ~ Kris Kringle ~ SinterKlaas…He is known by so many different names, bringing gifts to good children all over the world on the night before Christmas. Our modern depiction of Santa … Continue reading Jolly Old St. Nick (Spoilers!)
“Daahling! Yes, it’s me! I have so much to tell you!” Mika chattered away on the phone to her friend, Felicia. This was the fifth such phone call for her today. “I’ve had such wonderful luck! I just did a … Continue reading Feeling Fancy