Lunedi Lunacy

My goodness but YouTube – despite its (I am assuming it is an “it” not a “she” or “he”, though maybe a “they”) – annoying habit of suggesting total wild card videos does come up with some winners. Such as Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq – who’s urbanity gives “busking” new depth of meaning. And who with the luscious London Belles (yes I know that totally un-PC but don’t blame me blame the eggnog!) gives voices to those thoughts many of us have this time of year.

December 9th is Christmas Card Day – the sending of which by snail mail is a tradition that seems to be having a revival in the past few years. Yes say I!

Marauding Krampusse*

As a follow up to my cheerful St Nicholas post on Friday a rather disturbing story has surfaced out of Austria. A left click on this Krampus and his understandable distraught captives and will take you to a report in The Guardian of rogue Krampusses*.

*There you go Debra I’ve used both of the two possible plural forms of Krampus – only eight or, depending on your point of view, 18 more to go and it’s mine!

December 8th is Take It In The Ear Day – I think I’ll just leave that here!

Advent II

The Birth of Jesus is Foretold to Mary

1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
1:29  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
1:30    And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
1:31    And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
1:32    He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
1:33    And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
1:34    Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
1:35    And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
1:36    And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
1:37    For with God nothing shall be impossible.
1:38    And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Gospel of Saint Luke – Chapter 1: 26-38 – KJV

December 8th is Pretend To Be A Time Traveller Day – well as I was saying just next Tuesday only 15 more days ’til Christmas.

Jolly Old St Nicholas

Today is our Nicky’s Saint’s Day and in the spirit of the day I thought I’d share this British Pathé newsreel.

They sure know how to have fun those Austrians!!!!

This is dedicated to my friend Dr Spo, who’s knowledge of Krampus and other fine fellows of Christmastide is encyclopedic.

December 6th is Put On Your Own Shoes Day – perhaps not a bad idea if you live in a household where people put out their shoes to be filled with sweetmeats and treats from St Nicholas.