Category Archives: Holidays

A Frosty Reception

Since our President-Elect is in love with Vladimir Putin and insists that everyone should constantly say “Merry Christmas,” I guess we’d better learn about Christmas in Russia, right? It might seem a little late for this, but Orthodox Christmas is … Continue reading

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Bearing Gifts We Traverse Afar

Today is Epiphany or Three Kings Day (although it might not be anymore by the time I’ve finished this post, at least not in this time zone), the celebration of the wise men bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. Well, … Continue reading

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Even a Miracle Needs a Hand

I know Christmas is over, but it’s still Christmastide, so I might as well write this review now: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974) – I know I saw this as a kid, and I remember some of the music … Continue reading

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Hollywood Holidays

I don’t have a lot to say about these three movies, but since they’re all Christmas-related, I figured I should get in some reviews before the big day. Krampus (2015) – I sort of had the impression that this was … Continue reading

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Putting the Crap Back in Christmas

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas – We knew this movie would be bad, and it totally lived up to our expectations. Beth, who will intentionally watch terrible things, has a weird fascination with Kirk Cameron, obnoxiously smug teen heartthrob turned obnoxiously … Continue reading

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Counting Kallikantzaroi

I found the subject of this post a few months ago while looking for information on fairy lore from the Caucasus (I’m hoping to use it in a story I’m writing, but that could be a long way down the … Continue reading

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Seasons Change and So Does Vertumnus

It’s common knowledge that most of the Roman gods were basically the same as Greek ones, sometimes with a few differences to reflect the culture. The Romans did have some of their own deities without Greek counterparts, however. One of … Continue reading

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