Monday, November 29, 2010

25 days 01 hrs 07 min 18 seconds

It began to snow today.  It was the kind of snow that was quite unexpected and very wet!  I was in Walmart, and it was snowing when I emerged about twenty minutes later.  The snow fell as if each individual flake was being weighted down by a droplet of water, instead of the big, fluffy flakes that usually fall.  Later on, the wet snow turned to little ice balls that clinked on the roofs and windows of our homes.  Seeing white on the ground is a nice change from the dull browns and yellows of dead vegetation that we've been stuck with for weeks.  Indeed, my brother can hardly wait to build a snowman and have me pull him around on his red sled.  It's definitely "beginning to look a lot like Christmas" around here.  More and more of our neighbors are putting up lights and decorations.  The city workers have already adorned the lamposts with the seasonal, silver-garland light up snowflakes.  Tomorrow shall be a joyous occasion due to the fact that my mom finally gave me the "go ahead" to start decorating and putting up the tree!  I have been waiting to do this long before Thanksgiving, but knew that it would be detrimental to my health to try and decorate before turkey day.

In honor of the Christmas Countdown, I've found a rather odd Greek legend concerning some mischievious creatures and how to be rid of them.  I hope you enjoy!

In Greek legend, malicious creatures called Kallikantzaroi sometimes play troublesome pranks at Christmas time. In order to get rid of them, salt or an old shoe is burnt. The pungent burning stench drives off, or at least helps discourage, the Kallikantzaroi. Other techniques include hanging a pig’s jawbone by the door and keeping a large fire so they can’t sneak down the chimney.

The picture (above) is of Boston (not my town).  It was taken in a park and is not digitally enhanced at all.  Cool, huh?  The Greek legend is from : 


  1. I like how you write. I hope you're open for a bit of constructive criticism. Your style is really great. But simplify the look. Take off the ads. Don't write white on black, it's really hard on the eye. Strip that out and I really want to read you. Hope this is received in the spirit it's meant. I go back now and again to blogger's simple template, just focuses my mind on the words.
    Best wishes P.

  2. Thank you very much for the constructive criticism, Philip. Hopefully this template is a bit easier to read!