And if you want a case of life imitating art, we've got that, too! At this point, I'm looking at this photo imagining the conversation between our two hapless Meleagris gallopavo (commonly known as the domestic turkey or wild turkey(s)) and one going, "You know what, Stan? It's just not worth it ... next year, let's LET OURSELVES be caught ... ANYTHING is better than this!" And speaking of critters who pull sleighs and the like, let's turn to today's K.A.C. subject ... surprisingly NOT reindeer - read on!
|Photo by R. fiend|
But is gets better! Mr. (D)Ed sings for entry and the homeowners sing back to him, denying him entry (smart!) - the songs go back and forth on why he should be let in versus why he shouldn't until the homeowners relent and open the door (and are never seen again) ... er, and feed the wassails food and drink. There are a number of prevailing theories as to the origin of this Holiday Horror, from the Christian explanation of it commemorating the flight into Egypt by Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus on the Ass (with the skull representing the donkey) to the folklorists who believe it predates Christianity and is part of an old Pagan myth as a 'death horse' tied to Samhain (if correct, he wandered off and got lost for a couple of months and showed up again around Christmas!) - and it has also been labeled a 'bringer of fertility' (OK, that one is Right Out!). To read more about its history and origins, I refer you to the Wikipedia entry found below:
Giddyup! Coming Tomorrow: Strap in and be prepared to take the G-forces as Santa gets flung into space ... and you're going with him!
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