the heart warming fable of thanksgiving, unsurprisingly, ends up being a whole lot more complicated than some of us were taught and answers the nagging question of how squanto spoke perfect english when the pilgrims arrived and what was happening during the 100 year interim between columbus and the pilgrims ( spoiler: it involves human trafficking, enslavement and villages being wiped out ). and if you’re a stickler for tradition, you should put ditch the turkey and cranberry sauce for salted pork and olives since the spanyiards were the first to celebrate thanksgiving 50 years before the pilgrims.
is before halloween too soon to turn on christmas lights?
our 3 year old neighbor asked in july “sir, why do you still have your christmas lights up?”
me: “because I can.” ( of course we don’t leave them on all year round. and normally we do take them down but, well…procrastination. )
i’ve not been a fan of celebrating columbus day since even if he wasn’t a tenth of the monster he’s been made out to be, christopher columbus should still not be worthy of a national holiday. the oatmeal does a good job of highlighting the monstery bits of the columbus story ( and much of it is truly horrifying ) and if you read all the way to the end they make the case for celebrating instead bartolome day after bartolomé de las casas. henceforth, we shall celebrate bartolome day and tell his story of advocacy of universal human rights.
odin celebrates saint nicholas day by leaving a boot outside his door on december 5th and excitedly waking up to see what veeeeeeery special gifts saint nicholas brought in the night and dropped in his boot.
this year odin was especially excited to see that saint nicholas brought him not one, not two but five different colors of his very own modelling beeswax!