Category:
Christmas

Decoy Santas

Arizona Daily Star - Dec 10, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 25, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Crime, Police and Other Law Enforcement, 1970s, Christmas

Santa Claus Foot

Ian Allison of Santa Rosa received a design patent in 2002 for his "Santa Claus Foot." I assume the foot is supposed to be hung inside a fireplace — the patent description doesn't specify. Though having Santa's severed leg hung beside the tree might add some Christmas cheer.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 14, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Patents, Christmas

The Christmas Custom of Dead Bird Postcards

Back in the 19th century, people often sent each other postcards of dead birds during the Christmas season. Collectors Weekly explains:

"The Victorians had some really strange ideas about what served as an appropriate Christmas greeting," says Bo Wreden, who recently organized an exhibition of holiday cards for the Book Club of California. "They liked to send out cards with dead birds on them, robins in particular, which related to ancient customs and legends. There's a famous quotation from the Venerable Bede about a sparrow flying through the hall of a castle while the nobility is celebrating Christmas: The moment from when it enters until it flies out is very brief, a metaphor for how quickly our lives pass." Apparently, killing a wren or robin was once a good-luck ritual performed in late December, and during the late 19th century, cards featuring the bodies of these birds were sent to offer good luck in the New Year.






More info: hyperallergic.com

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 05, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Customs, Death, Christmas

May all jollity lighten your christmas hours

And may birds with torches not burn down your home.



via Lilly Library, Indiana University

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 25, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Christmas

To Gladden Hearts and Lighten Labor

Surprise, Honey! Now get to work.

1937 - via Science History Institute

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 25, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Gender, 1930s, Christmas

Merry Christmas 2021!



Have a wonderful holiday!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 25, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Holidays, Christmas, Music, Technology, 1970s

Miss Christmas Lighting

Long Beach Independent - Dec 8, 1960

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 24, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, 1960s, Christmas

Hanging ‘Satan Claus’

December 1980: The members of the Truth Tabernacle Church in Burlington, NC tried Santa Claus. The charges included "child abuse by urging parents to buy liquor instead of clothing," "lying and saying he is Saint Nicholas," "causing churches to practice Baal religion unknowingly," and "causing ministers to lie about Christ's birthday."

They found Santa — or 'Satan Claus' as they called him — guilty on all charges and hanged him in effigy.



Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer - Dec 19, 1980

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 23, 2021 - Comments (7)
Category: Religion, 1980s, Christmas

The Living Christmas Tree

Alex and I will be making an announcement soon, about where all WU-vies can meet up to form such a seasonal tribute. Bring your own robe.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 15, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Holidays, Christmas, Human Marvels, Twentieth Century

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