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I like to explore the cultural connections between the holiday of Halloween and people that invented it. One of the more interesting legends I have run across recently is that of The Cutty Black Sow. “It was the start of the year in our old Celtic lands, and we’d be […]

The Cutty Black Sow, a Gaelic Legend


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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


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Throughout my life,  being exposed to many, many different genres of music I developed a particular fascination with amazing movie soundtrack composers. I have over 300 movie music albums, and I know it is a much-loved medium for many people. I find it odd that more movie music is not played […]

Amazing Movie Soundtrack Composers




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80s Toys : M.U.S.C.L.E. men
I know. I know. There are millions of blog posts about Obscure 80s toys you loved.  There is a reason for that. They make cool posts! So in the interest of doing my part to keep the internet running like the well oiled machine that it is. Here is mine. Boglins […]

Obscure 80s toys you loved



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I had the distinct displeasure of sitting within listening distance of a family at dinner tonight. My ears were assailed with the most incredulous conversation regarding tattoos I have heard in a long time. Living in the south as I do, I should know better than to think the intelligence […]

Mother of all tattoo myths


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When people start implying that because they take no offence, nobody else should be, either. That’s when their arguments lose all relevance. You see, some people haven’t really learned that everyone is entitled to their feelings, whether those feelings are “rational” and “logical” or not, and that one person’s feelings don’t […]

Simple Offence



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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




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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 […]

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