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
- life 🙂
“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?”
On November 19, 1959, Rocky and Bullwinkle saved the world for the first time. The show was witty, but outrageously poorly animated, yet it ran for six years and eventually became a cult classic, inspiring all sorts of spin-offs. Between Rocky and Bullwinkle, Boris and Natasha, Dudley Do-Right, and Snively Whiplash, right always wins, until next week’s cliffhanger is set up. Personally, my favorite is always the Fractured Fairy Tales, but the puns are just great everywhere. I think we’ve all attended Bullwinkle’s alma mater, Wossamatta U.
If you get started early enough, you can also celebrate Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day while you watch (yes, that is a thing). Just don’t come crying to me if you can’t sleep tonight!
In honor of Dudley Do-Right:
Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
P. S. November 19 is also National Blow Bagpipes Day, so, get started! I want to hear some bagpipes. 🙂
Regular readers, this one’s for you:
I’m sorry for those of you I’ve worried this last week! Things have been a bit crazy around here, and we were even without internet for a little while. Does anyone else find it funny that I disappeared after Forget-Me-Not Day? It was totally unplanned, but it’s so good I almost wish I’d intended it. I actually don’t even know what holidays we missed! Anyway, thanks for the concern. We are well, except for a nasty cold that won’t let go. Maybe it’s time for a nice cup of tea! 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Forget-Me-Not! November 10 is a holiday for connecting with old friends, those who you haven’t talked to in a while, but that you definitely want to forget-you-not.
There are many legends around the flower called “forget-me-not.” According to one legend, God was naming the plants, but didn’t notice the small blue blooms, until they cried out, “Father, forget me not!” In response, God blessed the flower with the name it had cried and the ability to remind others of their loved ones.
“Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people,
come to my aid when you save them,
that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
that I may share in the joy of your nation
and join your inheritance in giving praise.”