Tag: Christmas

Merry Christmas!


Passing Obsessions 12-23

This short story about a near-future NYC. Netflix’s Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife, about doctor and charlatan Paolo Macchiarini who implanted artificial tracheas in patients without adequate testing. Forgotten mascots of the Christmas season. See my list of fictional ones. Eigengrau and CEV. Hairless dogs.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/20/23: German Christmas Cookies

  It’s not really Christmas unless you eat or bake some sort of traditional German cookie! Like Lebkuchen, better known to the English-speaking world as gingerbread. Pfeffernusses are also popular as well as Spritzgeback, those cookies you pipe through a cookie press to form decorative swirls. In the US they are called Spritzen or simply …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/13/23: Species of Santa

Santa Claus is a European invention, and the idea of Santa wearing a red suit with white trim, black boots, and a stocking cap, an American one. Courtesy of the Coca-Cola company which costumed him such to match the red in their company logo, which was for an ad campaign. But even so, the same …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/21/20: Christmas Cocktails

The Yuletide season brings with it some traditional alcoholic drinks. Grog, mulled wine, hot toddys, wassail, and eggnog are but a few. There’s also lesser known ones, like rumpopo, which is a Mexican liquor equivalent to eggnog. Of course there’s already drinks called The Naughty List and The Nice list, given the barkeeping world’s penchant …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/14/22: Christmas Traditions Around the World

  Christmas can be a pretty bizarre holiday, being as it’s conglomeration of pagan, Catholic, and secular traditions. In the Catalan region of Spain, for example, there’s the traditional of the Caga Tio, or shitting log, that is stuffed with presents and hit like a pinata on Christmas Eve until it gives them up. Related …

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Creepy Elves: Real or Fake?

I decided to have a little fun with my annual post on Christmas horror. Creepy-looking elves abound on the internet creating their own little Uncanny Valleys, and it’s just as easy for AI Art engines to make them as well, whether or not they were intended to be creepy. So I am trying an experiment. …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/22/21: The Best of Twittersnips (Christmas)

  I love randomizing Christmas things. Carols, scented candles, and various mascots (Rudolph, et. al) are all open to various possibilities. Here’s a list of the ones I posted on Twitter 2019 – 2020. Oh, and if someone can point me to where I can buy Joyce the Three-Nosed Doll, let me know!   A …

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Hurray for Mrs. Claus

Mrs. Claus is a second-string character in the annual Christmas story, behind Santa himself, his elves, and his reindeer. She is usually depicted as elderly, smiling dispenser of cookies. Except when she’s not. In the pic above she’s a vicious ax murderer (in advertising art for the Christmas horror flick Mrs. Claus) while below, she’s …

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Alien Mrs. Claus

It’s wearing a skirt, so it must be the Mrs!