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Saturday, 19 December 2015

19 December 2015. To My Nicky “Bear” on His Nameday…

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Many, many returns to my beloved Nicky on his nameday. There are many named “Nicholas” in this world, but only one means the world to me…

I love you more than words can ever express…



Wednesday, 24 December 2014

24 December 2014. Krampus… St Nick’s SCARY Sidekick from Mitteleuropa

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In Central Europe, a scary guy called Krampus accompanies St Nick. The above image is from the Christmas Market in München. Krampus punishes the bad kids, he takes them away in his sack… St Nick gives the good kids gifts. Of course, all the kids want to ride in Krampus’ sack (or basket)… he doesn’t scare ’em at all. In fact, they’d be disappointed if he wasn’t part of the holiday fun. The same is true of Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands… the politically-correct be damned in this case… there’s no denigration of any actual person or group. Lighten up and do get a life… its holiday fun for kids, after all (and for suitably-inclined grownups, too)…


Sunday, 21 December 2014

21 December 2014. Is It St Nick or Santa Claus? Why Not Both?

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I think that to make people “choose” between St Nicholas and Santa is a false opposition. After all, Santa’s a secular figure (as Ded Moroz is), and St Nicholas is a religious figure. There’s NO contradiction between the two whatsoever. If it were up to me, I’d have Santa (or Father Christmas or Papa Noël or whatever else you’d want to call him), St Nick, and Dede… all three! They don’t compete with one another. St Nick comes on St Nicholas Day… Santa comes on Christmas… and Dede comes on the New Year. Hell, I’d even throw in the Three Kings (if I ask kindly enough, perhaps, Julio will bring his stilts for a real Old School Tres Reyes blast) on Epiphany. Don’t go around making false conflicts. If you consider it carefully, and choose wisely, you’d see that you could have ’em all… all in their proper place, of course.

Now, go off and fetch me the jug… that was thirsty work.


Friday, 19 December 2014

19 December 2014. It’s St Nicholas Day… The First Day of the Holidays

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Today is the beginning of the holiday season. The holidays run from St Nicholas Day until Epiphany on 19 January, via New Year on 1 January and Christmas on 7 January. It’s my Nicky’s angel day…


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