All posts tagged: holidays

6 Ways to Celebrate Krampusnacht

Originally posted on Everyday Strange:
The first time I watched the 2015 film Krampus, I had a feeling the legend referenced in the film was not dreamed up by a Hollywood screenwriter. It just seemed to old world to be the product of a modern imagination. It turns out, Krampus, and the holiday dedicated to him, Krampusnatch, are part of holiday celebrations that orginate in alpine regions of Austria and Germany. Krampus is the hairy, horned companion of Saint Nicholas. Krampus is tasked with punishing misbehaving children with coal and bundles of sticks, while St. Nick rewards the well behaved ones with presents. Originally part of pagan traditions, Krampus was folded into Christian holidays and Krampusnatch is celebrated the night of December 5th, before the feast of Saint Nicholas. The characteristics of Krampus varies, but he is usually described as being hairy, with the cloven hooves and horns of a goat. He typically wears chains and bells, with a long, pointed tongue lolling out and bared fangs. For a period of time Krampusnatch celebrations were…

Winter Songs

I like eggnog, but I can’t drink it as is. I always need to add a little milk, or it’s too rich for me. The same goes for Christmas carols. I need to break them up with some songs that just make me think of winter. Songs about winter, songs that were used in a movie set during winter, or songs that just played a lot during the winter season get mixed in my Christmas playlist to break up all the Christmas cheer. When the holidays are over, they make a great playlist on their own. My 2020 additions to the list are ‘Tis the Damn Season by Taylor Swift, Holy by Justin Bieber, and Danse Macabre performed by Béla Fleck with Ben Solle. Winter Playlist: Winter- Tori Amos This Year’s Love- Davis Gray Daughters- John Mayer Transatlanticism- Death Cab for Cutie Danse Macabre- Béla Fleck with Ben Solle If I Ain’t Got You- Alicia Keys Palace- Sam Smith Into the Mystic- Van Morrison Ophelia- The Lumineers Poison and Wine- The Civil Wars ‘Tis the …

Classic Holiday Kitsch

Vintage blow mold holiday decor spotted in a local antique mall. The name comes from the method of blowing melted plastic into a mold, which then hardens into a hollow, plastic shape. The most popular vintage blow molds to collect are made by Union Products, who pioneered the original lawn flamingo. I would have loved to take home the large gravestone seen here, but the $80 price tag was a little out of my budget!

How to Make Orange Slice Christmas Ornaments

After posting a shot of my handmade orange slice ornaments yesterday, Jeff Cann pointed out that I left everyone hanging without a how-to for making your own. So here it is! You can also use this method on lemons, the come out amazing shades of red. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Wash and dry oranges throughly Slice oranges thin, about 1/4 – 1/8 thick Place on baking racks or roasting pan without touching Bake for 4-6 hours. If you don’t have a rack to put your slices on, you should flip them about every hour The oranges will be ready when the rind is dry and no longer shiny, and the slices do not feel sticky or tacky. Once the oranges are dry you can make a small slit with a knife tip or scissors, and tie string in a loop so you can hang them. You can also set some aside for a homemade wreath (how- to coming soon!) Jeff also wanted to know if my dogs try to eat them, and my beagle …