From  The History Channel

"Every year in early December, children in Austria get ready for St. Nicholas to visit them. If they’ve been good, he’ll reward them with presents and treats. But if they’ve been bad, they’ll get a lot more than a lump of coal—they’ll have to face Krampus.

Who’s Krampus, you ask? He’s the half-man, half-goat who comes around every year to chase naughty children and maybe even drag them to hell."


Don’t take Odin out of Yule

From The Norwegian American  

"Santa Claus owes his very existence to the old Norse myths. He’s changed a lot over the centuries, but his origins in Scandinavia and Northern Europe cannot be denied.

Here’s a look at how Santa Claus emerged from the lands of the Vikings, exchanging the Norse god Odin’s more terrifying traits for those of a plump, chuckling man of eternally good nature..."


Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Glazed Roast Turkey
Oyster Dressing
Cranberry Sauce
Candied Yams
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Macaroni and (Sharp Cheddar) Cheese
Biscuit Dumplings
Cole Slaw
Pumpkin Pie w/real whipped cream
Dinner Rolls w/real butter


Farmhouse: Sunflower

Just as I had finished painting the last petal on the sunflower, it began to lightly snow. It still needs some detail work, but it can be seen well from the road, so it's good until warm weather returns.