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Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in
Holiday Geeks' LiveJournal:
|Saturday, January 27th, 2007|
|Tuesday, January 16th, 2007|
Appreciate A Dragon Day
Today is Appreciate A Dragon Day!
Click the link to see some ways that you can have fun learning about dragons.
(The above illustration is copyright Higgins Dragon. Instead of linking to it directly, I've uploaded it from the website to my own archive to avoid bandwidth robbery.)
Recent holiday: January 13 was Happy Trogday
, being the third birthday of Trogdor the Dragon, from the Homestar Runner cartoons.
|Tuesday, October 31st, 2006|
|Tuesday, July 25th, 2006|
|Thursday, March 30th, 2006|
Link: Tree Sweater.
For the list of Coolest Things Ever: Erika, a blogger, had the urge to knit a cute little sweater for a sad urban tree,
complete with a sleeve for a branch. A photograph of the tree sweater has since appeared on the cover of a newspaper, and the sweater has survived a pruning. Erika has supplied a pattern for this knitting project, and envisions a mass treesweatering project among many knitters this next April's Arbor Day. Sound like fun?
(Link heard of from forestdweller
. Cross-posted to frameacloud
, and rainbowdirting
|Tuesday, July 26th, 2005|
Title: Halloween: a grown-up's guide to creative costumes, devilish decor, & fabulous festivities.
Format: paperback book. ( Read more...Collapse )
|Saturday, April 16th, 2005|
|Monday, March 28th, 2005|
How Long The Christmas Season?
Here's a question I have asked myself, and I also asked in the LJ community christmaslovers
a few months ago:
When does the Christmas Season start?
I know it has traditionally started the day after Thanksgiving, but could it start earlier? Could the "season" include Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years? This is the conclusion I came to. There are multiple events close together in time, each are unique, but all tied together somehow with Christmas being the high point. I also talk about this on the Christmas page
of my web site.
What are other people's opinions?
I know it's only March, but since this is a community to talk about holidays, I thought it's still ok to ask. :)
New Member, New Post
I just joined this community. I am a fan of holidays, Christmas most of all, but I do enjoy others.
To break the ice, here's my list of my favorite holidays. I won't go into why, at least not now, as the reasons for Christmas would make this post a novel. :)
3) Memorial Day.
Anybody care to list their favorites? :)
|Thursday, November 25th, 2004|
Happy Thanksgiving Yanks!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope you are sharing good food with family and friends. Right now I have apple chutney from the Moosewood Cookbook on the stove, and it smells heavenly (think apples, garlic, fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vinegar and brown sugar. mmmmmm!)
The turkey is roasting and my son is entertaining my uncle who drove in from another state. Friends will be arriving shortly and we will gorge ourselves into a stupor.
I love Thanksgiving!!!
|Monday, November 22nd, 2004|
Merry Christmas from the Home of The First Christmas Tree
Greetings from Riga Latvia Northern/Eastern Europe. Growing up in the State of Washington, I have fond memories of Christmas time. Snow, family get togethers, cutting the Chtistmas Tree, ice skating on the frozen ponds and going out with my facter in the fire truck playing Christmas music over load speakers on top of the truck.
Now I am living in Latvia which looks very much like Washington State.
I just wanted to share that the first record of a Christmas Tree was in the city of Riga Latvia in the year 1510http://www.firstchristmastree.com
< --- Lots of Christmas photos links at bottom of page
Happy holidays to all.
Regards, Mike an American living in Riga
|Saturday, October 9th, 2004|
I love Halloween! I love having a 5-year-old who provides me a good excuse to get dressed up and go trick-or-treating!
Today I was hoping to build up my stock of Halloween decorations but there isn't much out there that I like. I did buy 2 big orange pumpkins, a white pumpkin and a bunch of gourds.
This time of year always makes me want to bake things with pumpkins and apples. Here is one of my favorite fall recipes, which my mom used to make for Thanksgiving:( Chocolate chip pumpkin breadCollapse )
|Thursday, September 2nd, 2004|
I love this time of year, I really do. The monsoons are moving out of the Sonoran Desert, which means while it's still hot (90-110 degrees F) the air has dried out and it's no longer oppressive. I can't wait until we can turn off the AC for good, and open the house to the night air. Autumn is coming, and sometimes I like the anticipation of it more than the arrival. And I admit, I do like the holidays, despite all my kvetching about shopping and getting a tree and dealing with family. Every one of our birthdays (mine, S--, and Ro) occur in the Autumn, pro football is almost ready to start, and the morning sun has stopped beating against my eyelids at 5:00 am. And of course we have Halloween and Thanksgiving to look forward to.
Which isn't to say I'm not appreciative of the winter for the birthdays it brings, too. ;)
|Thursday, August 12th, 2004|
Ho, Ho, Ho.
A post one of my LJ friends made got me thinking about family and Christmas. I'm happy holidays of this magnitude are few and far between because the familial obligations during the silly season are draining, even in the best of circumstances.
Christmas is one of the few times during the year that I have contact with my brother and his family, even though he lives less than an hour away. We get on fine but we're not particularly close - different lifestyles, ideals, interests. The times I spend with him are pleasant enough but not especially close or bonding; akin to having dinner with your CPA. I suspect we'd have nothing to do with one another if we didn't share the same genetic background. I do have a good relationship with my parents and grandmother, and so does my wife, so Christmas at the Mc-- house is a relatively peaceful one. My family is loud and obnoxious when it comes to politics/social issues, and we often argue if only for the sake of polemics, but it's good-natured.
My wife's family is another matter. Her sister Sh-- usually cooks a meal at her house. My mother-in-law and usually the third sister M-- is there, but the event is dominated by Sh--'s husband's family. This consists of J-- (the husband), his parents, his grandmother, my nephew, and, less seldom, one of J--'s gun freak buddies. Through it all two themes seem to resonate: one, the obsessive concern for the health of J--'s mother (honestly, corpses have fewer health problems...at least theirs can't get any worse), and the thinly-veiled hostility between J-- and my mother-in-law (obviously, his mother-in-law as well). I don't particularly enjoy her company either, but the temperature doesn't drop when we're in the same room like it does with her and J--. So the day consists of eating and using both the television and the nephew as convenient means of ignoring the elephant in the corner. I mean, what's the point? If you genuinely dislike a person, what's to be gained by pretending you do?
This is part of the reason why Halloween is more appealing than Christmas or Thanksgiving to me - no familial obligations.
|Friday, August 6th, 2004|
Does the first day of school count as a holiday? I have to admit I get pretty excited about it. My son starts kindergarten this year, and I know I'm more excited than he is. I couldn't wait to take him shopping for his backpack and lunchbox and to go to the "meet the teacher" night at his new school.
|Monday, August 2nd, 2004|
Finished Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween
, by David J. Skal. The author doesn't spend too much time with the historical origins of the holiday but instead devotes the bulk of the book to urban legends of "candy terrorism" (razor blades in apples, drug-tainted candy) in trick-or-treating, the commercialization and coporatization of Halloween, the adoption of the holiday in the 60s and 70s by homosexuals in San Francisco as a chance to cut loose (and the subsequent backlash), and the religious right's attempts to ban the holiday or use it to proselytize through "Hell Houses", a concept that is alternately hilarious and infuriating.
Overall, an interesting book. That's two books on Halloween in a row for me - I think I'm set until October ;)
Cross posted to booktards
|Thursday, July 29th, 2004|
I was at the library yesterday with my daughter, and she wanted to get a bunch of books about Halloween crafts and decorations (I didn't get it either, but figured what better time to get library books on Halloween than in July? They'll be scarce come autumn). Anyway, I found a few books for myself on the cultural history of the holiday, and a bout of insomnia allowed me to finish Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night
, by Nicholas Rogers. A quick (172 pages) and easy primer on the history behind the day. Next up: Death Takes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween
, by David J. Skal. Already looking forward to this October!
Cross-posted to booktards
|Wednesday, July 28th, 2004|
holiday top five
1. Halloween - You can dress up, the parties are fun, my fascination with death and the darker aspects of existence, the fact that the Scot-Irish brought it to America, and christian fundies LOATHE it - what's not to love?
2. Christmas season - I say season because I don't care much for Xmas day. Seems like one huge tribute to excessive consumption and sloth. But I still love Christmas Eve. Everything closes down early in the evening, luminarias are lit, and everything seems to go quiet and still for the first time since the start of the season. There's a sense of anticipation and spirituality to it that I didn't appreciate much as a child but do now.
3. Thanksgiving - The food, and the seeming immunity to corporatization make this holiday great. Plus, along with Halloween and Christmas, it has a cool Peanuts
4. St. Patrick's Day - For obvious ethnic reasons. Because green's a favorite color of mine. And because any excuse to drink more Guinness is a good thing.
5. 4th of July - Bush has made this one bloody hard. I felt truly patriotic in 2002, but since then it's been hard to associate the history/ideals of the USA with what's going on now. Hasn't choked me up or made me proud like it did 2 years ago.
Lamest holiday - New Year's Eve. Full of drunks, crowds, and broken resolutions. I've never understood the fascination with block parties and large crowds. Doesn't anyone else think the idea of small house parties is a better idea?
We need more summer holidays.
Who votes to make a new holiday in August?
Not one of those wimpy holidays, like Presidents' Day or Grandparents Day. Something with some meat on it. Good foods, elaborate decorations, a few catchy little songs.
They just don't make holidays like they used to.
|Thursday, July 22nd, 2004|
Well there's a community for everything else, why not holidays?
I guess I'll start out with some questions. What holidays do you celebrate? What are your favorite ones, and why? And what makes you especially nerdy about the holidays?
I don't follow any particular religion, but I was raised Christian and I celebrate the Christian holidays. I am in the U.S. so I celebrate all our national holidays as well.
Favorites...hmm. I love Independence Day for the fireworks. I love Halloween because I get to dress up like anything I want. I love Thanksgiving because I love to cook and the food is always wonderful. My favorite holiday, however, is Christmas, maybe because I was born in December, or maybe just because I have so many fond memories of Christmas traditions.
What makes me nerdy? Well, I absolutely refuse to get a fake Christmas tree, even though my parents, and now my husband, have often begged me to. I will not allow it. I insist on dressing up for Halloween alongside my son, and probably enjoy trick-or-treating more than he does. I will not, under any circumstances, miss out on seeing fireworks every July 4.
That's all I can think of for now. :-)