In the U.S., tradition holds that Santa Claus comes in the night before Christmas, December 25, bringing presents for the good boys and girls and coal for the naughty children. Well, things are a bit different elsewhere!
In several European countries, particularly the Germanic and Slavic areas, Saint Nicholas leaves presents for the good children before they wake up on his feast day on December 6. Friends and family exchange presents on Christmas, but St. Nicholas comes around on the 6th. Furthermore, St. Nicholas doesn’t do anything about the naughty children. That’s where Krampus comes in!
Krampusnacht, or the Night of Krampus, is celebrated late on December 5. Krampus is a demonic beast, or perhaps a bestial demon, that prowls around on December 5, dragging his chains. Sometimes he carries a bundle of sticks to swat naughty children or a basket to carry them away (according to some traditions, for dinner!). “Be good, or Krampus will eat you” sounds a bit more intense than “Be good, or Santa will just bring you coal,” right?
“For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.”
Happy Thanksgiving! I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but I probably won’t be back on until next week, so . . . Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are surrounded by friends and family.
November 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day! Ever since I saw this, I’ve been racking my brain to remember if I’ve ever eaten a fresh cranberry, and I don’t think I have. It’s rather ridiculous, because I really enjoy a little cup of cranberry juice (especially if it’s cranberry grape), and I’m super excited for the cranberry sauce and cranberry jello that I know is coming next week. I even like snacking on “Craisins” (Technically, I suppose they are dried cranberries, but I’ve always thought of them as craisins.) Maybe it’s time for me to try out some fresh cranberries.
If straight cranberries aren’t your cup of tea, check out this page for some fun looking recipes, all featuring the cranberry.
“In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.”
I know it’s still November (and I really do love Thanksgiving!), but I can’t wait for Christmas!
Winter’s coming, folks. Well, to be honest, it’s just about here. I’m watching a little snow flurry outside my window right now. However, the roads are still good, which makes this the perfect time to celebrate Go For a Ride Day.
The goal of today’s holiday is simple: go for a ride. Mode of transportation is your choice – car, bus, motorcycle, bicycle . . . if you’re really lucky, you could take a horse ride. If you have to have a destination, that’s fine, but I’m pretty sure you get bonus points if you just go exploring.
“Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.”
Happy Absurdity Day! I really couldn’t find much information about that day (other than this Facebook page showing panda bears photoshopped like the band Kiss), but I think there are plenty of fun absurdities to celebrate:
- books and movies like Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom Tolbooth, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, or “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”
- poorly made signs, advertisements, and headlines
“A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”