Startling Revelations
Startling Revelations

Hmm…writer in search of better title here. Bueller? Dozens injured or killed last Thursday as the Christmas Train jumped its tracks, caused in part by reality melting like a pat of butter on a camp stove. Actually, the train pretty much stayed on its tracks. Not how I remembered this particular snow globe at all. […]

I have no eyes but I must scream
I have no eyes but I must scream

this may be the single biggest slap in the DIY Plaster Craft industry’s bruised and mottled face yet. First, pick the most ambitious thing on the shelf. Preferably something with a nice, tight seasonal deadline. Sit down. Clear your mind. Really clear that sucker. Then, because you’ve gotta get this painted, dried and glazed before […]

A few more Santas
A few more Santas

And Santa…Santa gots moves. Okay, for an old guy made of cornhusks and a ping-pong ball wrapped in mache, he’s pretty darn joyful. There’s a whole lot of happy motion here, and that’s pretty neat. He only barely makes our high standards because, besides being weirdly faceless, someone went and trimmed him with sequins, and suddenly we’ve […]

Reindeer Games
Reindeer Games

…well, maybe it’s a deer. It’s got a red nose. It may be a bear. Or a deerbear. Maybe beardeer. Whatever it is, it probably shouldn’t have eaten all those holly berries, because something’s definitely wrong in Denmark. It may be happy, but it probably hasn’t realized it’s got a lush and verdant yuletide habitat […]

Short and weird
Short and weird

Perhaps you’ve grown up thinking of snow as light and feathery. The kind of thing that drifts from the sky, breezes around a bit, then settles in such a way that heroes in a few winter-themed action movies or Christmas flicks could use it to break a particularly bad fall. This really isn’t that kind […]

Bloodshed and mayhem with the Bergers
Bloodshed and mayhem with the Bergers

Utah historians rarely, if ever, speak of the Berger family Christmas ski trip and massacre. Oh sure, it’s entered the popular lexicon, like Donner Family and Manson Family. It’s probably in the Urban Dictionary, which has more entries than the Oxford English and, really, is more consise and reliable for business use. Lexicography aside, the […]

Creepy Mrs Claus and Goth Choirboys
Creepy Mrs Claus and Goth Choirboys

You cannot possibly understand his or her pain. I mean, have you tried to be tragic and pale when you’re so obviously a “summer”? These are real problems, people. You can’t wear black velvet when you have gold hair. Also, “Sisters of Mercy” are seriously underrepresented in the 1986 Hymnal. When in doubt, layer on that […]

Santa and his enormous sack
Santa and his enormous sack

I’m sure Santa would prefer that his unfortunate medical condition was left out of his iconography. Maybe it’s because of the 3,585 gallons of sherry he drinks every Christmas. That’s got to mess you up somehow. While we’re on the subject of malformed Santas, because that comes up every year, like clockwork, I’ve been holding […]

Ticklewiggles and Hos
Ticklewiggles and Hos

Have an absolutely psychotic holiday this year!   Not sure what happened. They drove a few nails into the snowman’s head and he flipped out. He was sawing the head off the light-up Rudolf in the front yard muttering “all work and no play makes Frosty a dull boy!” At least until the temperature hit […]

…and God bless us, emfvnme!
…and God bless us, emfvnme!

Merrm Famtfieuc! Merrm Famtfieuc, everyone! In this very special holiday season, take a quiet moment to reflect on the true meaning of Famtfieuc. In the hurly-burly of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget the Famtfieuc story, and how we can be a part of it, even now, thousands of years later. A blessed Famtfieuc […]