Sunday, December 1, 2013

Welcome to the Kitschmas Advent Calendar 2013 !!! T - 24 Days ... and Counting !!!

     Hello again, boys and girls, and welcome to the 2013 edition of the K.A.C. !!! For those of you new to all this, see my Conjure Cinema entry from November 11th, 2011 (to see what you're about to get yourself into). For the rest of you, our annual Christmas Countdown begins today! 

     What with all the economic cutbacks each year, we here at the K.A.C. were forced to let most of our helpers go and only kept our two BEST workers (pictured at left) - they have consistently shown the standards of taste and quality (note I did not use the word "good" in that sentence) that you have come to expect from us year after year! Here is a nice candid shot of the boys perusing the piles of junk ... er, "quality material" ... to keep you amused until the Big Day! 

     We're starting on December 1st this year (yes, I'm well aware the K.A.C. has gotten shorter over time) because I'm usually swamped with everything going on at this time of year and I thought it would be more appropriate to get our calendar in line with traditional advent calendars (which start on this date). So tell your friends, tell your family, tell your neighbors - the K.A.C. is underway for another year! Let's open up our first door and see what today's "gift" is, shall we?


           Why not get an early start on sending out your Christmas cards AND horrify everyone you know by sending them the 'American Christmas Devil' card? Complete with an amazing anatomical breakdown including "fat man face", "stomach prince" and (my personal favorite) "celebration bowels" (click on the card to see it in ALL its glory). The whole story behind these crazy kaiju Christmas cards (and how to order them) can be found at the Paper Pushers
site below: 

     Remember: Are Your Greetings Seasoned?


     I thought I'd do something different with the K.A.C. entries this year and have a bit of Christmas trivia every day. Growing up in Boston, I have fond memories of going downtown once a year to see the amazing animatronic holiday window displays in the Jordan Marsh and Filenes department stores. From there it was time to walk through The Enchanted Village and then off to see The American Christmas Dev ... er, Santa Claus. I thought as a kid that Boston was the heart of Christmas celebrations and that it had always been like that in my hometown ... far from it, according to this snippet from Time Lists:

     "From 1659 to 1681, showcasing one's holiday spirit in Boston could cost you a fine of as much as five shillings. That's right — Christmas used to be illegal. It's somewhat surprising, then, that the same puritanical minds also created the first American batch of eggnog at Captain John Smith's 1607 Jamestown settlement. (The word nog comes from the word grog; that is, any drink made with rum.) Christmas was so inconsequential in early America that after the Revolutionary War, Congress didn't even bother taking the day off to celebrate the holiday, deciding instead to hold its first session on Christmas Day, 1789. It took almost a century for Congress to proclaim it a federal holiday."

     For more on this topic, read the short article "When Americans Banned Christmas" here:

     Well, THAT ended on a rather cheery note, what? I promise to do better as the countdown continues - so join me again tomorrow and every day through the month of December as the K.A.C. snowball rolls out of control!

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