Monday, December 23, 2013

Festivus, Pfeffernusse Day, more

December 23rd, 2013, is Festivus, Tom Bawcock's Eve, Stargazy Pie Day, Roots Day, Suez Victory Day, and National Pfeffernusse Day.

Today is Festivus, a holiday made famous in an episode of the TV show, Seinfeld. In fact, the father of one of the show's writers created the holiday many years prior. To celebrate, according to the Festivus website, install a Festivus Pole (devoid of the trappings of the traditional Christmas tree). A good Festivus dinner features meat loaf or spaghetti in red sauce. Finally, practice the Airing of the Grievances and the Feats of Strength. Happy Festivus to all!

Stargazy pie.
Image: Krista, Wikipedia Commons.
Tom Bawcock's Eve, also known as Stargazy Pie Day, is a unique foodie holiday. To celebrate, serve up a savory pie with fish heads sticking up out of the crust, stargazing. You heard me - fish heads, stargazing. Seems a fisherman named Tom Bawcock braved the elements to bring in a load of fish during a famine, saving the citizens of Mousehole, a fishing village in Cornwall, England. (Side note: As far as I can determine, there is no corresponding Tom Bawcock's Day.)

Roots Day is a celebration of geneology. Take advantage of the holiday season to learn more about your family tree. Document the stories of older family members before the opportunity slips away.

National Pfeffernusse Day honors a German cookie featuring pepper and other spices. Surprise your friends by adding this cookie to your holiday spread.

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