Christmas spiders

Okay, those people who know me know that I have a dark side. I like a good M.R. James ghost story during the holiday or an occasional homage to my favorite holiday Halloween. That being said, Christmas spiders is a thing — really. The tradition is from northern Europe; Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden,…

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In my mailbox

The spice is flowing … While the mailman has passed by the house leaving only a few cards, Brown has dropped off a couple of books. PYR sent me a finished copy of “The Steam Mole”. The Steam Mole was a good read, but I would recommend starting with the first book in the series…

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A nice gift

I decided not to decorate this year. But as you might imagine, the ghosts of Christmas present would not allow that and I have received some Christmas ornaments. One ornament really touched my steampunk soul, Sharon Day gave me a Nautilus ornament from Hallmark. I may have to re-watch the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the…

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Ode to Krampus

On Christmas eve some may hear the chime of a distant bell and others may hear a sweet Yule-time carol But, a few will hear the clatter of the cloven hooves of hell as their greed has put their mortal flesh at peril The Krampus stalks his prey this very night and He will mete out…

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Grinch, Krampus, and Bigfoot, know the difference

Last year, I had a little fun with the Grinch and Bigfoot. I suggested that they were the same creature. This year seems to be the perfect time to re-examine the theory and include my favorite Christmas being the Krampus. Let’s take a look at the ecology of the Grinch, Bigfoot/Yeti, and the Krampus. All…

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Steampunk Christmas

Okay, I have to admit that I’m more of a Halloween fan, but like so many other people I enjoy Christmas. While I may be happier to torment children with stories of the Krampus, Christmas can be a very steampunk holiday. Here is an idea that I thought was very cool. I saw this one…

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Review: I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus

I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus: A Breathers Christmas Carol by S.G. Browne Hardcover: 208 pages Publisher: Gallery Books Language: English ISBN-10: 147670872X ISBN-13: 978-1476708720 (Barry’s score 4 1/2 stars out of 5) My thoughts: “I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus” by S.G. Browne is the follow-up to “Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament”. Having said that,…

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Free Christmas Cigar Box Guitar Music

I love the old “Cigar Box” instruments, maybe because they remind me of the Ukuleles of my youth. At any rate, they first appeared in the mid-nineteenth century when cigar boxes were reduced to a smaller more portable size. As you can imagine, it wasn’t long before southerners were making music with them. I’ve always…

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Free Cookbooks for the Holidays

Let me remind you to take a few minutes to check the price before making your purchase. Free ebooks wont stay free forever … Circle of Friends Cookbook – 25 Savory Pie Recipes 21 Christmas Holiday Beverage Recipes Hazel Sponili’s Christmas Cakes Pies And Pudding Recipes Christmas Cookies Kids Enjoy Enjoy the holidays …

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