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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “H”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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Santa in Literature: Theodor Storm’s “Knecht Ruprecht” and DEATH as Department Store Santa in Terry Pratchett’s “Hogfather”

24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 – St. Nicholas’ Day / Sinterklaas, Task 2: Share with us a paragraph / quote / description / image of your favorite Santa Claus / St. Nick depiction in popular culture, and then tell us why it resonates with you?” E.g., here is the description of Father Christmas from The […]

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The Gifts of the Magi, Modernized

24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Christmas, Task 2: Modernize the three gifts given to Baby Jesus by the Magi.  Instead of myrrh, frankincense, and gold – what would the Magi give as baby shower gifts in 2020-21? Well, if the Magi were counseled by a mother, they just might go the sensible / practical […]

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Carnivals and Amusement Parks

24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – International Children’s Day, Task 4: As a kid, did you enjoy visiting amusement parks and carnivals?  Which were your favorite rides or shows?  Do you still have any photos, or is there a memorable event you’re happy to share? – Alternatively, if you’re a parent now: Do you visit […]

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A Childhood Diary … and a Scare

24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – International Day for Tolerance, Task 2 — AND — Door 11 – Thanksgiving, Task 1: Door 7, Task 2: Share a story about yourself, or a story about your family that’s survived the generations, or share a particular tradition your family has passed on from generation to generation and […]

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Pumuckl’s Footprints, or, "Do you believe in Santa Claus?"

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – Hogswatch, Task 3: Which children’s myth / mythical character (Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, etc.) did you never believe in even when you were little?   No “still believe” about it for me even by age 5, and by age 7 I was well over them all; Santa, […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 14 – Dies Natalis Solis Invicti

Tasks for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Find the sunniest spot in your home, that’s warm and comfy and read your book. –OR– Take a picture of your garden, or a local garden/green space in the sun (even if the ground is under snow). If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, take a picture of your local […]

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The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Task the Ninth: The Happy New Year

– Every year you get a little bit older! Read a coming of age novel or any old favorite comfort read to start the new year right. – If you’re feeling brave, post a holiday picture of yourself from your childhood or misspent youth. For Part 1 of this task I listened to the audio version one […]

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