Today's Wonder of the World is...Holiday Weirdness!
Flickr photo by Effata
Because nothing says Merry Christmas like naked shrimp.
Or sausages hanging from the tree.
Flickr photo by lemmingby
Don't you love weird holiday traditions? I do!
Like this tree.
Flickr photo by EvaMen
The photo is a little blurry, but can you tell what those are?
Hint: They wouldn't need any "Our First Christmas Together" ornaments!
I think most Christmas weirdness is fun, but honestly I just don't get this.
Flickr photo by Katie Aaberg
Aack! It's Krampus! Saint Nicholas, don't just stand there! Do something!
He's got his icky tongue near that sack of babies!
(And by the way, what else is in that sack? Are there more babies out of sight? They can breathe in there, can't they?)
Do you know about Krampus? It's an alpine thing, I believe. He hangs out with Santa, just waiting to catch any bad little girls and boys. We met him--or his French twin--when we vacationed after Christmas in Alsace back in our French life. He appeared out of nowhere at a dinner theater and scared my children half to death. We had nightmares for weeks! Thanks a lot, Krampus.
You know, I wonder if this Christmas elf is related to Krampus?
Flickr photo by tumblewieds
Awfully cute, but she looks a little naughty.
I should warn the Big Guy about her.
Oh yeah, I can't. He's out riding his lobster.
Flickr photo by Caviar
Do you enjoy outdoor Christmas shellfish during the holiday season? What about any other weird traditions this time of year? Come on, I know you have some! Please share!
I'll go first.
Last weekend we made the half hour trek out to Pelzer, South Carolina, (population 101, as of 2007) to see something I'd always heard about but never experienced. The circling helicopters should have given us a clue...it was quite the holiday hot spot!
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to...
The Light People!
Sorry the photo is so blurry, but I was sort of in a daze from all the bulbage!
The light people wrap themselves with Christmas lights and stand in their yard and wave! That's it!
But it's not just any yard. Their house rivals Clark Griswold's!
I'm afraid the photos don't do it justice.
Anyway, we came home and drank hot chocolate and tried not to feel ashamed of the pitiful light display in our front yard.
So now it's your turn!
What wacko things do people do to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah in your part of the world? What about in your own household?
While you're thinking, those deer have reminded me about Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey, maybe the weirdest Christmas song around!
And my apologies to Italian donkeys everywhere.
Have a wonder-full Thursday, everybody!