74 posts tagged Holidays
74 posts tagged Holidays
This is one of the strangest and most mysterious books on the shelves of the Archie McPhee Library. Haunted Air [Buy on Amazon], by British musician and artist Ossian Brown, is a fascinating collection of anonymous Halloween photographs taken between circa 1875 and 1955. They’re all from Brown’s personal collection and are presented without any context. In fact the only text in the entire book is the all too perfect foreword written by the inimitable David Lynch.
"The photographs in Haunted Air provide an extraordinary glimpse into the traditions of this macabre festival from ages past, and form an important document of photographic history. These are the pictures of the dead: family portraits, mementos of the treasured, now unrecognizable, and others.”
Each page contains a single bewitching photograph - a simple layout that makes the photos even creepier and more captivating. Without any background information, these haunting pieces of Americana have only each other for company. That is, until you start looking at them, wondering about them, making up stories for them. On the pages of this book, every day truly is Halloween.
[Photos from Haunted Air via NPR]
For the past two years we’ve shared the awesome Easter Egg Trees created by German pensioner Volker Kraft and family in Saalfeld, Germany. In keeping with the tradition he started back in 1965, this year’s tree is the most splendid yet, featuring the family’s ever-growing collection of beautifully hand-painted blown eggs, which now numbers 10,000 . That many eggs means that, depending on the weather, the family begins hanging them up between late February and late March. The spectacular tree attracts thousands of visitors each year, some of whom bring their own hand-decorate eggs to donate to the collection. After Easter the eggs are carefully removed, before the leaves grow on the tree, and then stored in cartons for next year.
[via NBC News]
Easter is less than a month away. Have you started thinking about holiday craft projects yet? We won’t blame you if you’ve been too busy enjoying the sudden abundance of Cadbury Eggs to think about it, but these photos may inspire you to put down the Peeps and pick up the hot glue gun.
This awesome homemade golden Easter egg puts all of our previous rainy day art projects to shame. Although the final product looks like a gilded relic you might encounter in a church or museum, it appears to be made of lots and lots of pasta, glue and gold spray paint. We can only imagine it must’ve taken ages to put it all together.
Visit English Russia for many more process photos of this truly epic macaronic art project.
Groundhog Day is upon us once again and we’re all eager to learn Punxsutawney Phil’s weather prediction for 2014. Is spring just around the corner or will winter carry on? Last year we posted about an awesome no-bake recipe for Pop-up Groundhog Cookies created by Sandra Denneler over at SheKnows. This year Sandra switched things up by making celebratory edible woodchucks that are savoury instead of sweet.
These adorable Groundhog Hot Dogs were made using white cheese, black olives, cream cheese, a black food colouring pen and hot dogs. They pop their heads out of biscuits and cornbread muffins (for an early spring) and mounds of mashed potatoes (for six more weeks of winter). But we’re guessing they won’t last long enough to cast a shadow.
We’ve shared a few different Dalek Christmas trees here over the years, but now, thanks to John Smith, we get to watch a Dalek decorate a tree of its own in this short video E-card entitled “A Very Dalek Christmas”.
How does a murderous cyborg trim a Christmas tree? We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but let’s just say it’s going to be quite a toasty holiday for this particular Dalek. This awesome little video couldn’t be more perfectly titled.
Christmas isn’t complete without at least one viewing of the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. The folks at Mashable recently used a flashmob of Peanuts players to treat unsuspecting New Yorkers to a real-life recreation of the theatre dance number, starting with Schroeder and his tiny piano sitting down in the snow to play Vince Guaraldi’s wonderfully familiar tune “Linus and Lucy”.
If you know this scene as well as we do, you’ll delight in identifying characters based on their singular dance moves. Suddenly it feels even more like Christmas around here.
If all the commercialism of the holiday season stresses you out and gets you down, remember that Festivus is here for the rest of us. Grab your aluminum pole, get ready to air your grievances and demonstrate great feats of strength, and always be on the lookout for miracles.
Don’t worry if you can’t remember all of the traditional Festivus practices. PorchDrinking created this helpful infographic and an entertaining and informative guide to celebrating “The holiday for the rest of us.”