Holidays

  • Norse Valentine

Valisblot: Norse Valentine’s Day

2017-02-11T11:23:43+00:00

Norse Valentine's Day? If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it kind of is. Vali The truth is, the Norse didn't really have what you and I might consider a Valentine's Day. They had a patron goddess of love, but she's also the patron goddess of war. So, take that with

Krampus: For the Naughty List

2016-12-02T18:43:06+00:00

Since the holiday season is now officially upon us, we decided to take a look into the legend of Krampus, Santa’s best little helper. What? Didn’t know that  the goat demon so popular with horror fiction and media today is BFFs with the red-nosed, red-labeled soda-swilling fat man who brought you your first electric guitar?

Norse Halloween: A Sacrifice to the Elves

2016-10-18T13:51:07+00:00

If our previous article on the origins of Halloween got you jonesing for the weirdness of death, perhaps you were wondering what the old Norse did to celebrate their dead and keep spirits at bay. Well, fear not! The Norse had their own beliefs about the season where the harvest comes to fruition and the

  • Halloween

The Pagan Origins of Halloween

2016-10-18T13:51:07+00:00

Unlike the other common holidays we celebrate these days, who owe their popularity to Hallmark and consumerism, Halloween is ancient. It's a celebration of the spookier, unknowable side of life: death. Not only is death unknowable, but attempting to understand it is something that's uniquely human. You could say that Halloween is the only true,

Three Ways to Celebrate National Mead Day

2016-10-18T13:51:14+00:00

The first Mead Day was celebrated in 2002 as a way for homebrewers to spread the mead love. It was first organized by the American Homebrewers Association, who still selects the Official Mead Day recipe that homebrewers across the country make on the first Saturday in August each year. The original intent of mead day was

Swedish Midsummer: Drinking, Eating, and Assorted Pagan Rituals

2016-10-18T13:51:20+00:00

"Swedish Midsummer is a holiday devoted to eating, drinking, dancing, and assorted Pagan rituals," says the hilarious "Swedish Midsummer for Dummies" video found on Sweden's YouTube channel. Where do we sign up? While this holiday is the biggest one of the year in Sweden, it hasn't made much of an impact in North America (yet),

What will the Summer Solstice and Strawberry Moon Bring Us?

2016-10-18T13:51:20+00:00

The longest day of the year has been a celebration all over the world for longer than we can possibly know, which makes this a special time to connect with the earth and our collective human heritage. This year, the summer solstice coincided with a full moon, a rare occurrence that hasn't happened since 1967.

Toast With Us – May 7th is National Homebrew Day!

2016-10-18T13:51:27+00:00

May 7th is National Homebrew Day! This year it also just so happens to fall on the same day as the American Homebrewers Association Big Brew, which is held on the first Saturday of May each year. The Big Brew is an event where bars,  hombrew clubs, breweries, and brew shops will host events where

How to Make Game of Thrones Easter Eggs

2016-10-18T13:51:34+00:00

Easter is almost here, which means one thing - the Game of Thrones premier is nigh! It's so close, guys - just wait another month. You can do it. In the meantime, do what I do, and try to figure out how to Games-of-Thronesify everything you do! Easter provides the perfect opportunity to make some

  • Sriracha Drinks

4 Horn-Worthy Sriracha Drinks to Set Your World on Fire

2016-10-18T13:51:35+00:00

It's Sriracha week! Why? Who knows! Just go with it. The "Rooster Sauce" that you can put on pizza, eggs, sandwiches, waffles, ice cream, and meatloaf is, as you can imagine, the perfect complement to your favorite buzzy drinks. There's actual science behind Sriracha's addictiveness. The cravable kick comes from the peppers, which contain two molecules

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