Christmas Folklore, Legends and Traditions! DAY 3, Sinterklass

Christmas Folklore, Legends and Traditions!

 

SINTERKLASS

 

 

Easy to draw, grumpy Santa with a squid-pope hat.

Easy to draw, grumpy Santa with a squid-pope hat.

 

Like all the different varieties out there, the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas has many similarities to the fat man in red we call Santa.

 

Sinterklass makes his rounds in the beginning of December (around the 5th). He traditionally arrives by boat surrounded by his little racially insensitive black slaves called Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes). Apparently they ride around the village with a fleet of white horses, it’s not clear if the horses ride in on the boat with him or if each harbor has a new set for him when he arrives.

 

  Sinter finds out who has been bad or good by sending his little henchmen chimney to chimney, where they listen and gather intel. He then goes around town giving chocolate to all the good kids.

 

 The origination of Black Peter is somewhat cloudy. Early on, it has been said that Sinterklass was accompanied by a subservient, dark demon bound with chains, helping him do his dirty work of giving kids chocolate. Some early legends say that Black Pete was a Black Moor rather than a demon. So, basically Robin Hood Princes of Thieves stole the idea for Morgan Freeman’s character Azeem from Sinterklass. It would have made the movie more interesting if they would have given Azeem the same appearance as Black Pete; a white guy in black face with red lipstick wearing a renaissance style page uniform…

 

Geesh...

Geesh…

 

For highly informative articles on Christmas folklore follow the links:

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions El Caganer

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions The Yule Goat

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions St. Picklas

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions X-Mas Origins

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions Desktop Wallpaper

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions A Son is Given

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#endoftheworldproblems #2

When you are on your afternoon run and you’re consumed by a swarm of flesh-eating locusts… #endoftheworldproblems

Holy Moses!

Holy Moses!

 

#endoftheworldproblems #1

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Middle School Art That Would Have Gotten Me Expelled

We live in strange times. Satire is dead, special interests must be appeased, and if you eat your pop-tart into the shape of a gun you are doomed. In my day, I whittled down the pointless hours of the school day drawing satirical and violent cartoons. I had no ill-intent towards anyone, I had no desire whatsoever to hurt anyone, for some reason blood and guts are hilarious to teenagers and the more outrageous the depiction the better.

On a recent visit to my parent’s house I came across a number of the aforementioned drawings from my days in 9th grade math class. Although crude in style and theme I am quite sure that if I were 14 year old middle school student in 2014 and a teacher caught a glimpse of any of these pictures I would be instantly expelled and possibly be submitted to psychological testing…

I do want to caution you 3 people who will look at this post to not strain your eyes by trying to read the horrific handwriting my 14 year-old self spilled onto this “art”.

 

The Acid Gun

Acid Gun

The Super Nuke

 

Super Nuke

The Clown Killer

Clown Killer

Bad Day

Bad Day

Chinese Pickles with Wings

THAT'S RACIST!!!

THAT’S RACIST!!!

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#endoftheworldproblems #1

When you go grocery shopping and a catastrophic, volcanic eruption destroys the parking lot and you’re stuck on the other side of a lava flow from your car… #endoftheworldproblems

 

#endoftheworldproblems volcano

#endoftheworldproblems #2

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Good-Bye Blue Sky

Did you hear the falling bombs

Did you hear the falling bombs

“Goodbye Blue Sky”

-Pink Floyd

Oooooooo ooo ooo ooooh
Did you see the frightened ones
Did you hear the falling bombs
Did you ever wonder
Why we had to run for shelter
When the promise of a brave new world
Unfurled beneath a clear blue sky
Oooooooo ooo ooooo oooh
Did you see the frightened ones
Did you hear the falling bombs
The flames are all long gone
But the pain lingers on
Goodbye blue sky
Goodbye blue sky
Goodbye
Goodbye
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Political Cartoon by Request: Rogue Bovine!

I received a special request for a political cartoon about the recent events in Nevada with The Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy Cattle Ranch. I guess my comic just calls special attention to the awesome job the Federal Government is doing to protect it’s Western States from Dangerous ROGUE BOVINES!

EDIT: Also Mr. Bundy is a moron, my comic in no way condones his idiocy.

This Land is Your Land...

This Land is Your Land…

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What Really Happened to Malaysian Air Flight MH370

There have been a lot of theories about what happened to Malaysian Air Flight MH370, but we now have undeniable proof of a diabolical plot…

MalaysianAir

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The Constitution is Hanging by a Thread…

A recent article I read on The Blaze  about America being at a constitutional tipping point brought to mind an old phrase about the United States Constitution hanging by a thread. I don’t blame Obama for the complete disintegration of our political structure it has been a long time coming, but I do argue that his policies have greatly accelerated the previously gradual erosion of our freedoms.

 

The constitution is hanging by a thread.

The constitution is hanging by a thread.

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Rockers: Danny Elfman

DANNY ELFMAN

 

Oingo Boingo is one of my all time favorite bands and Danny Elfman’s distopian, apocalyptic, mentally unsound lyrics are some of the best in the world. The music and persona that Danny Elfman created for Oingo Boingo did exactly what music and art should do; provoked thoughts and stimulated the imagination. Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman is definitely near the top of my short list of favorite entertainers. Like Jethro Tull, when God releases the soundtrack from my life it is  going to feature a lot of Oingo Boingo.

Nothing Bad Ever Happens to Me

Nothing Bad Ever Happens to Me

 Ugly enough to be authentically 1980’s

 

 

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Rockers: Warren Zevon and Frank Zappa

WARREN ZEVON

 

Excitable Boy

Excitable Boy

 

 

 

FRANK ZAPPA

I don't even care if you shave you legs...

I don’t even care if you shave you legs…

 

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