Category Archives: Holiday merriment

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

If you’ve never watched it, here it is.

The blog will be dark on Monday. I hope you’re able to find peace and hope.

Happy Three Kings Day!

7eb2ba4261e775826ab9e4280a903897(Or, for those who don’t celebrate, Happy Day You Really Should Take Down the Outside Lights!)

Three Kings Day traditionally honored the three magi —┬áCaspar, Melchior and Balthasar — who followed the star to Baby Jesus, and brought him expensive gifts because they knew this wasn’t just an ordinary baby.

The day is a big deal among some Hispanic cultures. The Three Kings Day parade in Hartford is a must-see (sometimes with a real, live camel!)

My favorite tradition is the rosca de reyes. What’s not to like about a little baby doll baked inside a cake?

Happy birthday, Sharon!

happy-birthday-images-with-nameToday is Sharon’s birthday, and you should celebrate accordingly.

Sweet Baby Jesus, let’s take a break!

screenshot-2016-12-22-12-16-23The blog is going quiet through Christmas, not because we’re gliding down the glitter pole or anything, but because were at DJ Central believe in taking breaks for the thinnest of reasons.

And even though we’re not the most dedicated of Christmas-celebrators, this seems like a good excuse to step back and take stock — but mostly? Nap.

We will return Jan. 2, 2017. You’ve been warned.

(Oh, and that sweater is available for just $55 here. Yeah. I thought that was expensive, as well. This should not be seen as an endorsement.)

Why all the dead birds on Victorian Christmas cards?

screenshot-2016-12-21-18-19-39Mike the Heathen sends this, a fascinating exploration of why dead birds just scream “Merry Christmas!”

Just read it.

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Merry Christmas

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The Puritan war on Christmas

screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-11-52-27-amPuritans were not ones for ostentatious displays, especially when it came to the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In fact, even a mention of it would get you a fine or worse in early New England. The early Puritans worried that celebrations led to drunkenness and then wanton sex — or Catholicism, which was just as bad. That’s what I glean from what I’ve read on this.

So when some yahoo whines about a war on Christmas, they have no idea. And thanks, Mike the Heathen, for the photo.