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Merry Krampusnacht 2014 – And The War On Krampusnacht

Tonight is Krampusnacht, the night when the wild hairy trickster of Yule goes cavorting around in the darkest shadows of the year.

They’re Krampusing in Chicago, and in Bloomington, too. Hell, they’re even putting on horns in Charlotte.

Graveyard Dirt writes, “Krampus is often described as a spirit of Christmas, but in truth, the character […]

Observe National Wear Orange Day To…

World Can’t Wait has announced that October 30th is National Wear Orange Day, an opportunity to… hold on…

In 2012 and 2013, National Wear Orange Day was celebrated in September, as a show of solidarity with the work of food banks.

In February of 2014, National Wear Orange Day was observed in recognition of the […]

5 Ways To Celebrate National Aviation Day

Today is National Aviation Day. It’s an official holiday, established in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, but banks are open during National Aviation Day, so that people can be sure to have access to money as they sit at airports, waiting for their delayed flights to finally board.

Of course, there are many ways […]

Picture What?

Today, June 29th, is celebrated online as a kind of technical holiday. It’s Camera Day.

What will you picture today?

Mixed Metaphor Of Holiday Shopping Time

At the airport today, I came across this catalog from Avon, featuring the front cover message that I am “Just in time for the holiday rush.”

What this means, I think: I have, in the nick of time, gained access to a sacred rite of being in a hurry to get to something else.

[…]

As KrampusNacht Approaches, what’s the Skinny on your Favorite Holiday Beast? (Krampus Top Ten 2013)

Gimme that ol’ time religion, Gimme that ol’ time religion….

Yes, this is the picture of ol’ time religion, and it’s good enough for me. Long before a chubby guy in red and white felt became the face of Christmas, the beast called Krampus and other mummers like the Buttnmandl swept into European towns on […]

International Bacon Day Offers A Thinly Sliced Pig’s Belly Of A Holiday

According to the Bacon Today web site, which promises readers daily news about bacon, yesterday was International Bacon Day. There were few observances of the holiday that were not directly coordinated by corporate bacon interests, however.

There was a Bacon Festival in San Jose, California, but the event was a disaster. Event organizers Moveable […]

A Frolicsome Krampus Tag — in the original spirit of Fun

It’s not strictly tied to the calendar, but December 5 is a traditional Krampustag (Day of Krampus) in which the creature historically associated with the old Yuletide stories makes his way through European towns and cities engaged in a bit of fun. “Fun” is a word that originally described trickery, quick-footed fooling or some other […]

It’s National Napping Day, I Think

Do an online search for pictures of napping, and almost all of what you’ll see will be photographs of animals and pre-school children. The rest of us, it seems, are working hard to comply with the admonishment: Don’t let them catch you napping! So much for National Napping Day. […]

Where Can you Get a Free Krampus Greeting Card? Well, it’s Free-ish right here.

Yep, a Free Krampus Card, all yours, one per person.

Well, Free-ish. I hate it when people leave the fine print to the last, so let me say upfront you gotta pay shipping and sales tax, which is slightly bogus, but this is the best deal we could get with our distributor…

… but […]

Krampus The Misunderstood Winter Holiday Spirit

As a trickster, Krampus exists outside of simple divisions between good and evil. Krampus isn’t a goodie goodie like Santa Claus, but that doesn’t mean he’s evil. […]