Merry Christmas and happy holidays, dear Reader. This song captures so much of what I feel about Christmas. It talks mostly about family, but I feel that you’re part of my family, so I dedicate it to you. Watch and listen on YouTube if you like.
I do not have a large collection of holiday and seasonal decorations. I have some decorations for Christmas, a few for Halloween, and that’s it. What few I have, I like a lot. I believe part of continuing to like them is that they’re part of the decor only a short time each year, so […]
I’ve never been great at gift giving.* Some years back, one of my sisters read a book, The Five Love Languages, which boiled down the ways people like to give and receive love into five “languages.” A person tends to be able to perceive love through one of these styles, and to give via one […]
Today on Kooky Christmas, we learn that we must be careful what we wish for. #13: “Must Be Santa” by Bob Dylan Just yesterday, I was thinking that I didn’t know any new Christmas album released this year by artists that I like. More of my favorite bands should make holiday albums, I thought. And […]
Hawaiian Christmas, originally uploaded by coconut wireless. Let’s try this again. At #15 on our Kooky Christmas Countdown, we take a trip to the islands, for a holiday in a tropical paradise. “Christmas Island” by The Dinning Sisters & Bob Atcher Aloha! Grab your ukelele. I’ll bring the pina coladas. Meet me on the beach […]
Squirrel Nut Zippers had a big hit years back, “Put a Lid On It,” and I’ve been a fan ever since. In 1998 they put out a Christmas album that’s like no other: Christmas Caravan. It’s a crazy, hot jazz album with some slow and sweet bits threaded through (and an eerie final track that […]
We turn now to the seedier side of our Kooky Christmas (if philandering Santas weren’t seedy enough for you). Now Santa has turned to robbery, and the results are unpleasant for everyone involved. Number 19: “Bizarre Christmas Incident” by Ben Folds This song comes to us from Maybe This Christmas, a compilation of alternative artists […]
So far, each day in December 2008 has been a little stranger than the last. As a result, I’m definitely looking forward to a relatively quiet and peaceful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I don’t know that they’ll actually be quiet, but I can hope. I wish you a happy holiday too.
The Caganer, a Christmas tradition from Catalan — a tradition I almost cannot believe is real — is explained by Stephen Fry on QI: Don’t believe it? Here is a photo gallery of Caganers for 2008. (Many thanks to I Let My Fists Do the Talkin’ for highlighting this delightful bit of video, as well […]