While Saint Nicholas may bring gifts to good boys and girls, ancient folklore in Europe's Alpine region also tells of Krampus,
a frightening beast-like creature who emerges during the Yule season, looking for naughty children to punish in horrible ways -- or possibly to drag back to his lair in a sack. [more inside]
posted by JujuB
on Dec 3, 2013 -
is a blog that gives instructions for cool papercraft objects, "reinterpreting the Danish tradition
of woven paper hearts
and ornaments." Cut paper in the prescribed ways and weave it together carefully to make a mobile of colorful hot air balloons
, gorgeous and complex boxes
; simple but satisfying pennants
and much more... including a full theater for performances by paper dolls.
posted by LobsterMitten
on Sep 23, 2013 -
""Why in hell," he observed impatiently, "do all them goddam hypocrites keep the poor bums waiting for two, three hours while they get off their goddam whimwham? Here is a hall full of men who ain't had nothing to speak of to eat for maybe three, four days, and yet they have to set there smelling the turkey and the coffee while ten, fifteen Sunday-school superintendents and W.C.T.U. [Women's Christian Temperance Union] sisters sing hymns to them and holler against booze. I tell you, Mr. Ammermeyer, it ain't human." -- H. L. Mencken's A Bum's Christmas
is the best Christmas story for those more of the humbug than the happy holidays persuasion.
posted by MartinWisse
on Dec 25, 2012 -
December 25th was the day of the Roman cult of Sol Invictus
, the undefeated sun. The Philocalian calendar of AD 354
is the earliest literary reference both of this and of Jesus’ birthday. Many people accept
that there is a connection between the two, not least because the Bible likens Jesus to the sun
. Christian celebration on the 25th was well established following the outlawing of Paganism by Theodosius
after the year 381.
In the subsequent centuries, many traditional midwinter customs such as feasting
, gift giving and bringing evergreens into the house
became associated with it.
couldn’t decide whether to hate this because it was Catholic or because it was Pagan. In any case, they tried to ban it both in revolutionary England
and in their religious republic
was always present, but in the 19th Century, wassailing
started to annoy the wealthy, who promoted a sentimental
process of domestication
In recent years some people have behaved as if there were something offensive about the religious elements of our traditional midwinter celebration, while others even claim to believe that there is a campaign to do away with it altogether; I can only hope you won’t mind if I wish you – a very merry Christmas.
posted by apodo
on Dec 24, 2012 -
It's that time of year again, and here to warm your heart and get you into the holiday spirit, it's Eric Idle performing the beloved seasonal favorite, Fuck Christmas
. Ho Ho Ho!
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Dec 21, 2012 -
Tony says to me, “Why don’t you try little Jon”. Well, all right, let’s try him. And after just the first few notes out of his mouth I said, “Yes! This is him. This is the one! This is the one who should sing it”. He had this cute little voice - he was still a kid, and his voice really hadn’t even come down in pitch yet. It was still a little high but he had a great feeling for it. And of course, we all know what this little kid went on to do – he became one of the biggest rock and roll stars of all time.
Jon Bon Jovi's first professional recording: R2-D2, We Wish You a Merry Christmas [more inside]
posted by klausman
on Dec 9, 2012 -
Horror movies aren't just for Halloween: Silent Night, Bloody Night
, Black Christmas
, To All A Good Night
, Christmas Evil
(starring Fiona Apple's dad
as a homicidal Santa), Gremlins
(in which Phoebe Cates learns there is no Santa Claus
), Silent Night, Deadly Night
(which inspired Parts 2
, and 5
despite--or perhaps because of--denunciations by Siskel & Ebert
and parents' groups
, and Jack Frost
posted by jonp72
on Dec 4, 2012 -
ABC News issues a "Made in America" Christmas challenge. The average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion, the National Retail Federation estimates. If that money was spent entirely on US made products it would create 4.6 million jobs. But it doesn't even have to be that big. If each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs. [more inside]
posted by Brian B.
on Nov 24, 2012 -