Posts Tagged ‘history’

Our friends in the Moorish Orthodox Church hipped us to a resurgence in Krampus appreciation over in Europe. Krampus, by the way, is Santa’s naughty counterpart, and according to one MOCer has a “predilection for sex with women and especially enjoys whipping their buttocks with a birch switch.”


A new article in Reason by Jesse Walker on the matter is here.


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Club some seals, and other ways to have an authentic Thanksgiving

How to celebrate like the Pilgrims did it. Those awful, awful Pilgrims
By Sean O’Neal November 23, 2009

Excerpted from A.V. Club Milwaukee

America has a proud history of taking its most sacred holidays and allowing shrewd marketing types to distort them beyond all recognition—as with Thanksgiving, when we celebrate the first breaking of bread between Plymouth colonists and the American Indians they eventually drove to near-extinction by stuffing ourselves with deep-fried turduckens and watching college football. But you don’t have to take part in this travesty. Here are some tips for celebrating Thanksgiving exactly like the Pilgrims that will make you a better American than everyone else.


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"Hipp, hipp, hurrah!" by Peder Severin Krøyer, 1888

At the party minds and voices swirl to the momentum of small semi-autonomous gatherings as people respond in body to one another’s stories. Some taken with the absurdity of a joke’s end allow their smile to release into cacophonous laughter, while others who have heard something terrible console with a sympathetic brow. The party is having its effect. People are expressing and listening to those who express. Beverage is being drained and food has settled the tummies. All is good.


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The Dutch Saint Nikolaas

The 17th Century is pretty…um… contemporary for the New Old Traditions, but I assume that the figure of Saint Nicolas will emerge eventually, so I would like to call attentions to an upcoming event by the Culinary Historians of New York addressing the Dutch vision of St. Nicolas. Think of it as sort of a middle notch in the time line of meaningful tradition.

Besides, St. Nicolas, the patron saint of children and merchants (coincidence? can’t be) happens to be a really interesting character… wikipedia (always right) gives us the following:


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