I’m not gonna get into the technical science-y parts of winter solstice because well, that’s not really what’s important to me. What’s important to me is that from this day forward, the days get a little longer each day! Aside from that, you have a very long night ahead to do a lot of fun, night time things and a very short day as well.
Ten things you can do to celebrate winter solstice:
- Have a night time movie marathon!
- Have a winter solstice party! Invite your friends over and use this as an excuse to drink!
- Binge watch a series on Netflix. Orange is the New Black here I come!
- Get no sleep! Stay up allllllll night. Have fun at work tomorrow!
- Go outside at noon and measure your shadow (it will be extremely long!
- Have winter solstice fireworks!
- Make your own Stonehenge in your yard!
- Celebrate every occurrence of the number 23 (the earth tilts at 23.5°)
- Watch the sunset– it’s so early!
- Spend your evening in a candlelit environment! Such ambience.
So here’s the thing. Some people don’t like Jane Austen. As a rule, I wouldn’t really mind that, because I’m not the kind of person who needs everyone to agree with him, but I kind of really need everyone to agree with me that Jane Austen is the best thing in the world. Mostly because of all the anti-Austen opinions I’ve ever read, the most common complaint, by far, is that her books are boring. False. Patently, hilariously, stupidly false. I’ve actually concluded that people who don’t like Jane Austen probably can’t actually read. And since December 16th is her birthday, I shall here and now school you all on the lovely Jane’s intense awesomeness.
Because if you can read, and you picked up Pride and Prejudice, how could you not be interested in Mr. Bennet’s quip, “You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.” That’s gold!
Who can read Emma Woodhouse’s hilariously snarky blunder, “Ah! ma’am, but there may be a difficulty. Pardon me, but you will be limited as to number–only three at once.” And not literally lol? She’s so ridiculously self-satisfied that she becomes a bitch!
And the dry wit of Sense and Sensibility, “It is not everyone,’ said Elinor, ‘who has your passion for dead leaves.” So great. Point being, Jane Austen rules, and you (if you don’t love Jane Austen) drool. Full stop.
Hey Gang! Gingerbread House Day is December 12! Did you know there was an official Gingerbread House Day? I didn’t, but now that I do,I think it feels totally right to have a day to celebrate gingerbread houses, because they are the BEST! So Christmasy and the perfect way to flex your creative muscles and satisfy your sweet tooth AT THE SAME TIME!!!!
Gingerbread houses were popularized by the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale Hansel and Gretel , becoming a popular Christmas decoration in Germany in the early 1800’s. The world’s largest gingerbread house was made in Texas (of course it was) in 2013 and looks delicious!
Even if your gingerbread houses turn out more like this
you can still have a great time making a beautiful (hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and so on…) masterpiece and many wonderful memories!
Here are some more fantastic gingerbread houses for inspiration! Hmmmm…maybe a Necco Wafer roof this year, or marshmallow snowmen, or a sour patch Hansel and Gretel as a shout out to the gingerbread house’s spooky beginnings… So many choices!
Have a happy and Fun Gingerbread House Day, y’all!!!
Step 1! Buy awesome Christmas cards like these!
Step 2: There is no step 2, dummy! You did it! Christmas card mastery unlocked! Send those cards! All these and much more here at KU! Come and get ‘em!
Let’s be honest, KU is pretty much stocking stuffer central. Santa shops here for the stuff he puts in your stocking. Seriously. Also he loves us. Obviously. Anyway, here are some stocking stuffer ideas for your favorite bibliophile!
All this and much much (MUCH) more at KU this holiday season! Come down and see us! <3!
When I was in middle school, my friends would ask me if I was prepping for surgery as I washed my hands since it took me so much longer than them.
Ha. Ha. Hiiiii-larious.
My family frequented Bob Evans back in the day quite a bit. Their gravy and biscuits was said to be awesome. I hate breakfast, so I wouldn’t know. But that’s beside the point. In the bathroom at Bob Evans, they had a sign on the mirror.
Being an impressionable 12 year old, I took this sign to HEART. I began to sing the song in my head while I washed my hands. Which is the correct way to wash your hands. 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Then dry.
So my retort to the first question posed is, “No, are you a disgusting slob with grimey hands?”
National Handwashing Awareness Week is a great time to remind yourself that it is o-kay to take 20 seconds to wash your hands. It is also okay to sing Old Macdonald out loud. People will definitely leave you alone in public restrooms.
Unless they’ve been to Bob Evans. Then they’ll sing with you.
If you’re not sold on the whole hand washing deal, I want you to know that I’m not a germophobe. There’s some bacteria that’s actually beneficial and okay to be exposed to! Here are the bennies to washing your hands on the reg (and well).
- Less chance of getting sick in general
- Less chance of getting infectious diarrhea (OH MAH GAH THIS SHOULD BE THE ONLY REASON YOU NEED)
- Less chance of getting your family sick
- Less chance of picking up something weird from petting an animal
- Less chance of all of the bad things that are spread by germs on your hands
What are you waiting for? Go wash your hands, fool!
Ok, so. First of all, my parents never really had us believing in Santa. I don’t really know why, seems like a harmless enough myth to me, but it wasn’t for us. When she was in second grade, my sister apparently was telling people that Santa wasn’t real. So her teacher runs into my dad and goes, “Mr. Marthens, Rosalie is telling the other children that Santa Claus isn’t real!” and my dad goes, “Well you know he isn’t, right?”
ANYwho. St. Nicholas is a real saint from whom Santa Claus derives. He was a Greek bishop who lived in the 4th century and because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession is sometimes called Nikolaos the Wonderworker which, if I’m being honest, is a pretty B.A. moniker. He had a reputation for giving many small gifts, especially to children, hence Santa being derived from him, but his feast day (12/6) is also celebrated by the giving of small gifts in many countries.
So when we were kids, my grandmother whose father came from a family of German immigrants would always remind us to leave out our shoes on the night of December 5th so that St. Nicholas could leave us presents. As with Santa, I think we knew all the time that the gifts were from her, but somehow St. Nicholas Day always seemed a little more mysterious and fun I guess because the gifts weren’t labeled.
So if you like giving your kids or grandkids cute little toys and oranges and candy, teach them about St. Nicholas and leave them some mysterious presents! It’s the best!
BONUS INFORMATION! The European traditions surrounding St. Nicholas also encompass the cautionary tales of Pere Fouettard (some crazy butcher guy who kills bad kids or something. It’s all very confusing if you’re not French) and Krampus! (The supernatural German version who’s like a hairy devil or some craziness. We have a book about him!)
OH MY GOODNESS YOU GUYS. IT’S DECEMBER AND KU IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! WE LOVE THE HOLIDAYS AS MUCH AS ANY HUMAN BEINGS CAN LOVE ANY SINGLE THING! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! CLICK READ MORE TO FIND OUT WHAT WE’RE UP TO!