In honor of The Festival of San Picolas (Dec 6th), I have made The Tale of St. Picklas free to download on Amazon from December 6th until December 10th!
On this special day of feasting it’s also fun to remember why we honor St. Picklas, so today we’re going to explore the legends and folklore surrounding St. Picklas from around the world.
St. Picklas Origins
Have you ever wondered how St. Picklas received his sainthood?
On December 6th in the year 815 AD, Picolas De Pepinillo was on a an important mission to provide an orphanage full of starving children with a bushel of his life sustaining cucumbers. Passing through the mountains of Zarn he was caught up in an intense blizzard. Well prepared for the journey, Picolas pressed on and soon came upon a benevolent bishop on the side of the road. The man was unresponsive and nearly frozen to death. Acting quickly, De Pepinillo wrapped the bishop in his own coats and carried him through the deep snow drifts. Close to death he continued on with the thought of the poor starving children awaiting his Christmas gifts. On the doorstep of the orphanage, Picolas collapsed.
The bishop, having regained his strength, worked feverishly with the children to revive their benefactor. After trying nearly everything they attempted one last impossible task… Picolas de pepinillo awoke hours later in a tub of vinegar and cucumbers. The brine successfully thawed him out but had marinated him to the core. Any other man would have succumbed to the drastic change to their system but not Picolas. His goodness and faith had transformed him into the pickle man we know and love!
St. Picklas has expanded his mission to feed the world’s children. He is determined to bring the children of the world whatever pickle they desire; bread and butter, hamburger chips, cold pack… the choices are endless!
How is St. Picklas represented in other cultures?
You may be curious how St. Picklas is represented in other cultures. St. Picklas is widely celebrated in all parts of the world. Each area and culture integrates their traditions and beliefs in order to make St. Picklas more accesible.
Here are just a few of the variations you might find:
In the UK, children anxiously await the advent of Father Crispness, a sweet crunchy old man that has ties to the elemental celtic foundation of the British Isles. Father Crispness bestows delicious, crisp, cold pack dills to good little boys and girls.
France and Belgium.
In Frankish nations, Pere Petrin rides into town on a sleigh pulled by a team of fine bread and butter horses. Pickles are usually delivered with a sliver of cheese as the children cower beneath their sheets.
In the great, bearded, nations to the north, Sintergerkin, is assisted by his little pickled herring henchmen. He rides into villages on a great pure bred white scallion. If the children are bad, his little herrings kidnap the kids, bottle them up, and ship them to Spain. If the Children are good they are treated with roe stuffed gherkins in their shoes.
Have you ever wondered what St Picklas does during the off season?
Have you ever wondered what St Picklas does during the off season? We always see pictures of Santa Claus surfing in Hawaii or lounging on a beach in the Caribbean.
St. Picklas doesn’t have the same luxury as Old St. Nick… Remember, St. Picklas is a pickle, in order for him to maintain premium operational capacity he seals himself in a specially designed brining capsule. While Papa Noel bakes his wrinkled, cookie injected skin on the Island of Ibiza; San Picolas is gradually marinating himself in magic Christmas brine. Like a vintage vat of Christmas Wassail, St. Picklas only gets stronger with age!
If you are sick of seeing St. Picklas posts, I promise this will be the last St. Picklas post of the season.
For highly informative articles on Christmas folklore follow the links:
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I like Thanksgiving, it’s a fun day. But November is really just a boring intermission between two awesome holidays! I don’t have a lot of inspiration when it comes to Thanksgiving, so I probably won’t do too many posts during this period. But stay tuned for a massive onslaught of Christmas stuff once the season officially starts!
Oh and by the way, turkeys are are ugly, hideous beasts…
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To this day one of my favorite Halloween shows is Disney’s Sleepy Hollow. Today I want to post my favorite scene of the show, feel free to comment on your favorite Halloween shows and scenes.
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Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Barack Obama uses one of his Peace Missiles to resolve yet another international conflict.
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Happy Pioneer Day!
My third and final tribute for Pioneer Day is a poster of my Great ++++ Grandfather Lewis Barney. Lewis Barney was kind of like the Forest Gump of early Mormon History, in the sense that he seemed to be present at most famous Mormon events. He knew Joseph Smith and the early church leaders personally and was one of the members of the first wagon train to arrive in Salt Lake City with Brigham Young. Not only was he a member of the original party but he may have been the first man in the Salt Lake Valley. Here is a short excerpt from his journal:“At the mouth of the Canyon it became very rocky, which delayed the camp one day. I wishing to see the Great Salt Lake Valley worked my way down the creek through the brush, and entered the Valley. I went on a little raise of ground, cast my eyes over the valley, and saw the Great Salt Lake glistening in the distance. I then returned to camp.”
Another fun fact about Lewis Barney is that apparently he and Porter Rockwell had a small rivalry and Porter didn’t like him much. Here’s a great article from the Salt Lake Tribune recounting their relationship:
Salt Lake City, by Grateful Dead's Bob Weir
Link to Article : http://maroonbeard.com/mormon-memorabilia/
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The Mystery of The Christmas Pickle tradition is finally revealed!
The Tale of St. Picklas eBook finally available directly from the source! Enjoy your eBook on your PC, tablet or phone. The PDF format will make the book more widely compatible with more devices. Don’t miss out on the newest Christmas tradition!
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For those unfamiliar with the news stories represented here are some links:
First up… Rod Blagojevich goes to prison as confident as ever. Although, a man who cares as much about his hair as he does is probably going to be a very popular target among some of the more “aggressive” inmates he’ll meet there. Confidence may wane.
The map of japan doesn’t represent the one year anniversary of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami, but portrays the more recent 6.8 earthquake and mini tsunami that happened on Wednesday.
The picture of the angry Afghan Hoard represents one of many effigies burned this week in reaction to the stupid moron army sergeant that decided it would be a good idea to go and kill innocent women and babies, I would not oppose a decision to allow the Afghan people to burn a “more realistic” version of that jerk.
The oozing Spanish bull represents the toxic Spanish economic situation. It’s being reported as worse than Greece in many ways. Spain has a special place in my heart, but their government and social system is absolutely stupid.
The guy eating the hotdog is British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama took him out to a basketball game between Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Dayton University in Ohio during his recent visit. He ate a hot dog…. And I drew a picture of it.
The Obama flag is from a recent article I read about how a democratic organization decided to make some American flags with their leader’s face in place of the stars, a testament of their undying allegiance to the man no doubt. Or maybe a stunt to piss off the other side. If so, it worked. Either way, I think the flag is stupid. Does it represent the democrats’ eagerness to give all the power to the great executor rather than the states? Probably just a stupid flag, made by idiots.
The shamrock is a picture of a shamrock…
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