Thursday, November 18, 2010

Welcome to the Kitschmas Advent Calendar 2010! T-37 Days ... and Counting!!!

Welcome to this year’s edition of the Kitschmas Advent Calendar, where I serve up the strangest, the oddest, the most bizarre items associated with the Holiday Season. This is my third year at it, so a quick recap is in order for the newbies to this insanity.

The K.A.C. started a few years ago as a computer wallpaper contest between myself and my work-study students, as to who could find the absolute oddest holiday-themed wallpaper. There were some doozies, with my favorite being the "Gary Coleman and Mr. T Christmas"!

As most of my original students had graduated and gone on to better things, I would hear back from them about the contest, and we would continue to email new oddities as we found them. So in 2008 I decided to expand it from just wallpaper to daily links to odd stories, photos, traditions, etc. - and opened it up to some of my other friends to share in the goofiness. The starting date coincided with the day that a local radio station started playing Christmas and Holiday Music around the clock 24/7 (which in 2008 began, believe it or not, on Veteran's Day!) ... from Santa's Grotty Grotto to the simultaneous Best AND Worst Holiday Wallpaper of 2008 (of presents opening children for Christmas!), it (hopefully) lessened the stress of the season and gave everyone a good laugh.

In 2009 the K.A.C. went from local to global, jumping on the Internet Superhighway via my Conjure Cinema blog (which you're reading now ... if you want to see last year's entries, check out the blog entries from November 11th - December 24th). If you’re reading this today, you know what that means … yep, the 24-hour, round-the-clock, non-stop Holiday Music has reared it’s Tinsel-ly Head once more, at not ONE, but TWO Boston stations, WROR 105.7FM and WODS 103.3FM. Did I mention I play it round-the-clock in my office, as well?

So without further ado, let’s open the first door on our countdown to Christmas and what to our wondering eyes should appear but … this handsome devil above! Or, to be more precise, Krampus, the Anti-Santa! This charming fellow pays a Very Special Visit to BAD boys and girls this time of year ... makes one WISH for a stocking full of coal when he comes visiting! This is the second year we've started off with Krampus, so those of you not familiar with him can brush up here:

Not weird enough for you? Not a problem! Check back with me every day from now until December 24th ... I've had a whole year to unearth the strangest sights and sounds of the season, enough to make even jolly old St. Nick blanch! There's too much to go into now, but one of the things I'm most pleased with is the 13 Strangest Christmas Shorts of All Time! Just remember --- there's some things you can't UNSEE!

So if you're brave, bookmark this page, tell your friends, tell your enemies, and join me on this scariest of sleigh rides as we count 'em down in our own demented way --- see you tomorrow!

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