holiday


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


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


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?


    Do you hear the winds howling? Is that a harvest blood moon rising in the dark night sky?  That’s right friends it is THAT time of year.  October is always one of my most productive months as blogs go. Mostly because I have more fun and exciting things […]

Stygian Strigiformes



After the end of the world passed us by without so much as a dull roar, and all the Holiday Shenanigans have come to a close, and all the hullabaloo regarding the government has somewhat settled, what are we left with? It’s really a dull, dull month January isn’t it?  It makes me […]

January Makes me Yawn..then Cry


I was doing some cyber shopping the other day and stumbled across a figurine of a xmas character I had never heard of before.  Now, I pride myself on being a custodian of REAL xmas lore since it has become such a convoluted and distorted tradition based on both secular / pagan […]

And I thought the Krampus was Creepy


Fall Geekery is upon us.  I have not had much of a penchant for blogging lately but in October the winds change and the temperature drops and my geek blood runs hot with Halloween fever.  I typically try to fill the month of October with all manner of odd and […]

Well, It is October the first.


jaunt santa
It’s that time of year again.  The gloriously hedonistic annual jaunt through that labyrinth filled with religious land mines called XMAS.  As I get older I have noticed that I loath xmas more and more each year. I find that as soon as the turkey is all gobbled up, my mind […]

Gloriously Hedonistic Annual Jaunt



Hasenpfeffer
Hasenpfeffer is German for “hare-pepper,” or peppered hare, and is a famous game dish in Germany. Serve it with spätzle dumplings or with boiled or mashed potatoes and blaukraut (braised red cabbage). It always makes me think of easter. It’s been a while since I posted anything regarding my beliefs.  […]

Hasenpfeffer or Bust


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Part of TV that we usually gloss over or ignore is the proverbial network promo spot that usually takes a small bit of commercial air time in between regularly scheduled programs.  Here in TN I ignore most of these also, save for one.  As a child growing up in the […]

WTVF Holiday Promo Circa 1974


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On December the 19th 1843 a novella written by Charles Dickens, arguably the most popular author of the Victorian era was published by Chapman & Hall. It has been said that it is the catalyst that both revitalized and restored our nostalgic love of the Christmas holiday.  We all love […]

Dickens of a Holiday


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    It’s that time of year again. It’s the Most Ignorant Time of the year. That time of year when the Christians complain about the secular war on “their” holiday.  My kids and I have to endure the dirty looks, snide comments and general inconsiderate natures of most Christians who make […]

It’s the Most Ignorant Time of the year