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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: THANK YOU — and Final Tally

Sooo … with a staggering two-week delay, your hosts are finally getting around to the game’s closing post. (Yeah, we know. Let’s just say the new year started rather busy for both of us …) Anyway, MbD and I wanted to thank all of you so much for joining the game and participating so actively! […]

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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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A Cornucopia of Holiday Stories

Turns out I already knew five of the ten stories in this anthology: Ellis Peters’s The Trinity Cat Julian Symons’s The Santa Claus Club Ian Rankin’s No Sanity Clause G.K. Chesterton’s The Dagger With Wings and Marjorie Bowen’s Cambric Tea. So I skipped those (though I do really like the stories by Ellis Peters, Julian […]

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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: Eighth Square – Hanukkah and Las Posadas

Hanukkah (December 12th – 20th) Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid (Macedonian Greek) Empire (167 to 160 BC).  Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according […]

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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: Updates / Blackout

I’ve yet to read at least one book for some of the squares, but I’ve completed a minimum of either one book or one task for all of the squares, and in several cases, more.     The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed   […]

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Surprise, Surprise Bonus Joker #2: The Cuckoo Egg

THE SOLUTION: It’s World Peace Day (square 10) … which isn’t on December 21, but on September 21 of each year. Congrats to everybody who messaged us with the correct answer — that’s one bonus point for each of you!           We’re almost halfway into the 16 Tasks of the Festive […]

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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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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 3 – Armistice Day / Veterans’ Day

Tasks for Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day: Make, or draw a red poppy and show us a pic of your red poppy or other symbol of remembrance –OR– post a quote or a piece of poetry about the ravages of war.     “The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.” […]

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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 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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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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Iliya Troyanov: The Collector of Worlds

The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Bonus Entry Task the Fifth: The Kwanzaa: – Read a book written by an African-American author or set in an African country. I blacked out my card on Dec. 19 using the “activity” entry for the Kwanzaa square, but since thereafter I did read a book set […]

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10 Shakespeare Quotes For New Year’s Eve

For when you skip the New Year’s Eve party to read and drink wine and then fall asleep at 10 p.m. because you don’t actually want to talk to anyone: Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used. – Othello For when your roommate’s lonely brother (or sister) comes to the […]

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