Tag Archives: St. Nicholas Day

First Monday Free Fiction: Revolt at the North Pole

Welcome to the December 2021 edition of First Monday Free Fiction. To recap, inspired by Kristine Kathryn Rusch who posts a free short story every week on her blog, I’ll post a free story on the first Monday of every … Continue reading

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The latest on diversity in genre fiction and other mixed links

The monster winter storm Xaver has retreated to more easterly shores and is currently annoying Finland, Sweden and the three Baltic States. However, Xaver or rather the snow and hail he brought us thoroughly messed up St. Nicholas Day before … Continue reading

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Halloween and American Traditions in Germany

First of all, here is a plug: The cross publisher bundle of horror and dark fantasy fiction that Julie of Bards & Sages Publishing has set up at DriveThruFiction for Halloween is still available. The bundle includes Letters from the … Continue reading

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Jolly Old St. Nicholas

December 6th is St. Nicholas Day in Germany and the Netherlands. The weather was pleasantly Christmassy, cold with a light dusting of snow, and I celebrated in style by baking yet more Christmas cookies. As dusk fell – which in … Continue reading

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Gendering and Kinder Surprise Eggs

Tonight, I went grocery shopping. Among other things, I also bought a pallet of twenty Kinder Surpise Eggs, because St. Nicholas Day is coming up and Kinder Surpise eggs are ideal for handing out. For more on the North German … Continue reading

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A Surfeit of Salmon – and some links

There are two things we’ve really had enough of this December. One is storms and rain. Here in Northern Germany, December is always a stormy month. I don’t even put any outdoors Christmas decorations up anymore, because in past years … Continue reading

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St Nicholas Day Linkdump

Yesterday was St. Nicholas Day in Germany (for an explanation, see last year’s post). I got thirteen St. Nicholas Day trick-or-treaters at my door this year and handed out Kinder Surprise Eggs. One of the kids was a toddler who … Continue reading

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Linkdump for my Grandpa’s Birthday

Today is my grandpa’s birthday. He would have been 102. I still remember his birthday almost thirty years after he died, because when we went to visit my grandpa for his birthday, my cousins and I always got a chocolate … Continue reading

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Of Advent Calendars, St Nicholas and Other Seasonal Customs

December 6th is St. Nicholas Day, which is still a pretty big deal in Northern Germany and even bigger than Christmas in the Netherlands. I’m too old for Nicholas sweets and presents and have been for almost twenty years now … Continue reading

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