Seasonal

My thoughts and musings on things that relate to the four season here in Tennessee


Belsnickle
Belsnickle is not Santa Claus. The Pennsylvania Dutch, who were not Dutch at all, but ”Deutsche”, or German, are credited with bringing many of their country’s Christmas customs with them to America. This helped to shape the New World Christmas traditions. As early as the 1820’s, Father Christmas shows up […]

Belsnickle or Pelz-nickle is not Santa Claus



I am a nostalgic reader. What I mean by that is that I fondly relive my youth by re-reading books that I enjoyed as a child. This time of year being October has scary stories swirling around in my mind like spinning leaves caught in the Autumn breeze. Enter Scholastic […]

Rocky Hurwood Author Show




Modern Santa Claus is known to be an amalgam of influences, not the least of which is the Germanic god Odin. It is important to realize that there were many other holiday figures, both male and female, that did not find their way over to our modern American Christmas celebrations. German […]

Mōdraniht – Mothers Night




Just to weigh in on this craziness floating around the internet. I think Santa is a nice fantasy for kids. Just like the easter bunny and the tooth fairy. Should a child ask the direct question is Santa Claus real? The answer should be that he is a fantasy character […]

Nikolaos Thaumaturge



Tis the season to be Jolly..you know the drill. The white Christmas is arguably one of the more ieadlized aspects of the holiday season. I know I sit around thinking about it. Anyone who knows me know I LOVE the story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  A really good […]

Dreaming of a White Christmas?