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24 Festive Tasks: A Sneak Preview

Some of the things this year’s game will include are: * A new card. * New hosts (yes, several!) * Some new holidays … and many repeat appearances.  Also a new twist on one particular holiday that is making a repeat appearance. * Many new tasks — non-book tasks in particular — and some that […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 – Día de los Muertos (November 1)

And here is our calendar’s very first opened door: Día de los Muertos! To learn more about this holiday, see our post from last year: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/1613175/the-first-square-all-saints-day-dia-de-muertos-and-calan-gaeaf Tasks and Book Task 1: Write a silly poem or limerick poking fun at the fiction character of your choice. Task 2: Share your favorite gravestone epitaph (you know […]

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24 Festive Tasks: The Seven Final Holidays

As explained in this year’s Rules / Mode of Play post, we’re going to reveal the seven final holidays included in the card and the respective book tasks early on, so as to allow enough time to complete these books. The final holidays and book tasks are: Winter Solstice / Yuletide (December 21): Read any […]

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24 Festive Tasks: The Card and the Rules / Mode of Play

The King is dead — long live the King! Halloween Bingo may be over, but the fun and games on BookLikes sure aren’t.  Eh voilà … here’s your playing card for this year’s festive tasks game: As in previous years, the game lasts from November 1 through December 31. Like an Advent calendar, our festive […]

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Glingelingelingeling

Reblogged from: Murder by Death Just when you thought Halloween was done and dusted … there’s the Tasks of the Festive Season! Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue – or something like that could be this year’s motto. As in, some holidays that have been part of the game from the start. […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Final Tally

The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed Joker cards used:   The Squares, Books and Other Tasks: Square 1: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf Book themes for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: A book that […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 8 – Las Posadas

Tasks for Las Posadas: Which was your favorite / worst / most memorable hotel / inn / vacation home stay ever? Tell us all about it! I think I am going to divide the honors three ways here — and very fittingly, two of the three hotel stays in question were in Spanish speaking countries. […]

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Family Christmas Traditions

6 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 – Christmas Tasks for Christmas: Post a picture of your stockings hung from the chimney with care, –OR– a picture of Santa’s ‘treat’ waiting for him. –OR– Share with us your family Christmas traditions involving gift-giving, or Santa’s visit. Did you write letters to Santa as a […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Seventh Square – International Human Rights Day and St. Lucia’s Day

International Human Rights Day (December 10th) Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on December 10 every year.  The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on December 10, 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Sixth Square – Sinterklaas / Krampusnacht / St. Nicholas’s Day & Bodhi Day

Sinterklaas / Krampusnacht (December 5th) / St. Nicholas Day (December 6th) Saint Nicholas, also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor (modern-day Demre, Turkey).  Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker.  His legendary habit […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Fifth Square – Advent (December 3 and following three Sundays)

This, again, may be the “16 Festive Tasks” equivalent to carrying coals to Newcastle, but anyway …: Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.  The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”. […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Fourth Square – Penance Day and Thanksgiving

Apologies; this post was intended to go up earlier, but I was stuck in a meeting almost all day long.   Buß- und Bettag (Penance Day, or Day of Repentance and Prayer) (November 22) Buß- und Bettag was a public holiday in Germany until 1994, and is still a public holiday in Saxony and a […]

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The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Third Square: St. Martin’s Day and Armistice Day / Veterans’ Day

St. Martin’s Day St. Martin’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Martin, Martinstag or Martinmas, is the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours (Martin le Miséricordieux, a Roman soldier turned monk after his baptism), and it is celebrated on November 11.  This is the time when autumn wheat seeding was completed, and […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Updates

I’ll be tracking my completed books, tasks, and points comprehensively here.   The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed   The Squares, Books and Other Tasks: Square 1: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf Book themes for Día de Muertos and […]

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The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Second Square: Guy Fawkes Night and Bon Om Touk

Guy Fawkes Night Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night, is an annual commemoration observed on November 5, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of November 5, 1605, when Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators of the so-called Gunpowder Plot were arrested for planning to blow up explsives placed beneath the […]

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The Festive Tasks in Calendar Form – December

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   Posting this just in case anyone else finds it useful. November is here.     Square 5:  Book themes for Advent: Read a book with a wreath or with pines or fir trees on the cover –OR– Read the 4th book from a favorite series, or a book featuring 4 […]

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The Festive Tasks in Calendar Form – November

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   I’m a visual person, and after all the planning, writing up and editing, I’ve long lost track of which book themes and which tasks are associated with which holidays, so I made this up for myself.  I’m posting it here in case anyone else might find it useful. December […]

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The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season: First Square: All Saints Day, Día de Muertos and Calan Gaeaf

Reblogged from: Murder by Death This is a post from Themis-Athena; due to scheduling issues in Real Life, and Time Zones, she was worried it wouldn’t get posted at the right time, so I’m posting it for her.   1st Square: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de Muertos All Saints’ Day (also known as All […]

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The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season – THE RULES

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   You knew there had to be rules, right?  Well, here they are: THE RULES The card has 16 squares, each of which is associated with two holidays; i.e., 32 holidays total. Each holiday is associated with one reading task and one other task.  So, there are 4 ways to […]

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Introducing the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season!

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   Themis-Athena’s Garden of Books and I have put together a little something to celebrate the festive season we hope you’ll like.  Our goal was to represent as many of the festive holidays and traditions that happen at this time of year around the world as we reasonably could, and […]

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