Thursday, November 29, 2007

EXACTLY How I Feel When I Drink My New Mint Bailey's

Laugh for the Day

Mr K and I were having lunch today and he piped up all excited :

"Mom, I can hear the ocean when I put my hotdog in my ear!!"

At least I got the ketchup out of his hair before preschool.....

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Yule Log

This is somewhat of an inside family joke, so no one else will find it funny most likely. Let's just say too much wine at the party and Christina asking me to exchange Yule logs this year, with my first wine-distorted, music-too-loud thought was that she was being perverted LOL.

But since we are actively participating in the Winter Solstice this year, which entails learning about new traditions for Mr K, I thought I would post some along the way till the 22nd. (the Princess doesn't care, all she does is shriek Santa! Christmas! Snowman! Reindeer! Christmas lights!" We'll try next year. )

From (you guessed it!) Wikipedia:

A Yule log, sometimes known as the Great Ashen Faggot[1], is a large log which is burned in the hearth as a part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations in some cultures. It can be a part of the Winter Solstice festival or the Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Twelfth Night.

The expression "Yule log" has also come to refer to log-shaped Christmas cakes, also known as "chocolate logs" or "Bûche de Noël".

In the U.S., the Yule log has also become a modern tradition in the form of a TV screen in one's home showing video of an actual Yule Log burning in a real fireplace. The video is accompanied by Christmas music, actual crackling fire sounds, or both at the same time. This is now a very popular trend on DVDs, but it began on a whim in 1966, by Fred Thrower, former TV programming director for WPIX in New York City, who wanted to offer a Yule Log for the majority in New York City who had no real fireplace of their own. It has been offered for several hours each year (on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day) as a video greeting card to viewers, and is syndicated across the U.S. Many others have offered their own versions over the years on TV, and in all video formats.


In Northern Europe, winter festivities were once considered to be a Feast of the Dead, complete with ceremonies full of spirits, devils, and the haunting presence of the Norse god, Odin, and his night riders. One particularly durable Solstice festival was "Jol" (also known as "Jul" and pronounced "Yule"), a feast celebrated throughout Northern Europe and particularly in Scandinavia to honor Jolnir, another name for Odin. Since Odin was the god of intoxicating drink and ecstasy, as well as the god of death, Yule customs varied greatly from region to region. Odin's sleeping sacrificial beer became the specially blessed Christmas ale mentioned in medieval lore, and fresh food and drink were left on tables after Christmas feasts to feed the roaming Yuletide ghosts. Even the bonfires of ancient times survived in the tradition of the Yule log, perhaps the most universal of all Christmas symbols.

The origins of the Yule log can be traced back to the Midwinter festivals in which the Norsemen indulged in nights filled with feasting, "drinking Yule" and watching the fire leap around the log burning in the home hearth. The ceremonies and beliefs associated with the Yule log's sacred origins are closely linked to representations of health, fruitfulness, productivity, and regularity. In England, the Yule was cut and dragged home by oxen or horses as the people walked alongside and sang merry songs. During winter, towns people would gather these large logs to be ridden, like a modern sled, down embankments of ice and snow. It was often decorated with evergreens and sometimes sprinkled with grain or cider before it was finally set alight.

In Yugoslavia, the Yule log was cut just before dawn on Christmas Eve and carried into the house at twilight. The wood itself was decorated with flowers, colored silks and gold, and then doused with wine and an offering of grain. In the area of France known as Provence, families would go together to cut the Yule log, singing as they went along. These songs asked for blessings to be bestowed upon their crops and their flocks. The people of Provence called their Yule log the tréfoire and, with great ceremony, carried the log around the house three times and christened it with wine before it was set ablaze.

To all Europeans, the Yule log was believed to bring beneficial magic and was kept burning for at least twelve hours and sometimes as long as twelve days, warming both the house and those who resided within. When the fire of the Yule log was finally quenched, a small fragment of the wood would be saved and used to light the next year's log. It was also believed that as long as the Yule log burned, the house would be protected from witchcraft. The ashes that remained from the sacred Yule log were scattered over fields to bring fertility, or cast into wells to purify and sweeten the water. Sometimes, the ashes were used in the creation of various charms, to free cattle from vermin, for example, or to ward off hailstorms.

Some sources state that the origin of Yule is often associated with an ancient Scandinavian fertility god and that the large, single Log is representative of a phallic idol. Tradition states that this Log was required to burn for twelve days and a different sacrifice to the fertility god had to be offered in the fire on each of those twelve days.


Sometime in the late 18th to early 19th century, a fascimile of the Yule Log became a traditional French desert. Usually, it is in the form of a large rectangular yellow cake spread with frosting and rolled up into a cylinder - one end is then lopped off and stood on end to indicate the rings of the "log." This "Bûche de Noël" became a traditional Christmas desert, and has recently spread to other regions, where it is often referred to as a yule log.

I think I will skip the parts about" the god of intoxicating drink and ecstasy". However, I think I might ask Christina to bake a Yule Log for the open house.....I think our Yule log is permanently in our fireplace...perhaps we will just turn it on for 12 days ;) The only thing I will be christening with wine is my throat, and I won't have ashes afterwards to ward off vermin, but I will have a toasty house!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Add Youtube to My List of Hates

The great breast-feeding debate raged on Tuesday, after YouTube's removal of a breast-feeding video
sparked yet another nursing controversy, according to a mothers'
YouTube is the latest new media site to ban nursing images, following
actions at MySpace and Facebook, according to the League of Maternal Justice.
Bill Maher stoked the breast-feeding fire when he
compared public nursing to masturbation
earlier this year.
The folks at
the League of Maternal Justice weren't totally surprised that YouTube banned the clip, which was viewed at
least 68,000 times before disappearing, but they were upset.
"...I am
surprised that YouTube continues to allow explicit videos of women stripping,
physically hurting themselves, and starving themselves, all of which are easy to
find using simple search terms," League co-founder Kristen Chase said in a
statement on group's website.
I couldn't find the video on YouTube, but I
easily found plenty of other nursing videos, including one entitled Hey
Facebook Suck This
by Motherhood
The league asked why YouTube didn't just flag the video as
explicit. YouTube stated is doesn't comment on specific videos, but offered an
"It is our community that polices the site and flags content
they find inappropriate. Once it is flagged, YouTube promptly reviews the
content and removes it from the system if it is in violation of our Community
Guidelines," YouTube said in a statement sent to the Seattle
In an attempt to deal with any copyright issues the
League of Maternal Justice is reworking the video and plans to resubmit its new
version to YouTube.
I have no problem with breastfeeding, but I'm no
activist, and I didn't find the video offensive. You can judge for yourself by
watching The
Great Breast Fest Montage
A tip of the hat to Suburban Oblivion for flagging this

Courtesy of:

"It is our community that polices the site and flags content they find inappropriate. Once it is flagged, YouTube promptly reviews the content and removes it from the system if it is in violation of our Community Guidelines," YouTube said in a statement sent to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Reworded by Karlynn:

"Our community is policed by men with small dicks that think breasts belong in Playboy and to sell B-E-E-R to them. They promptly get all excited when they think its a video montage all about Boobies!! until they realize that those breasts are mammary glands with a purpose. They squeal like the infantile pigs they are and remove the offensive content. After they quickly surf porn to assure themselves that yes, breasts ARE FOR MEN!!! and that yes, THEY STILL ARE MEN!! after viewing that horrible video of breasts being abused, they quickly re-write the Community Guidelines to add breastfeeding as innapropriate.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Giant Pysanka

Karami's belly....
Need I say more?

Calgary Telus Christmas Party

Well a fantastic time was had on Friday night at the Telus party in Calgary, the whole family attended. Thanks again to Kandice, Dan et twin cuteness, as well as Alyssa for babysitting my heathens for that night. I owe you lots n' lots n' lots.

The whole family...
Wyatt and Christina looking very cute, in a hurts-your-teeth kinda sick way.

Trevor and Karami. I think Trev was irritated when the first words out of my mouth this weekend were "Trev, what the hell, you have Oiler hair!! " (he's a diehard Flames fan).

Oh god, go pose for Gap already. For chrissakes.
And the non Gap couple LOL! More like an ad for what too much vino can do to you in the course of an evening.

Here's Mike smiling. No really. He just turned to me and said "I thought I smiled at you for this picture???" He's smiling inside, I just know it.
All dressed up and somewhere to go for a change. Amazing what a bustier can suck in! Couldn't breathe or eat, but I looked slimmer. LOL just kidding I ate like a horse! The food was fantastic, the stuffing had apples and cranberries and walnuts in it and I need to try it this Christmas...the mousse was a layer of dark and a layer of white chocolate..I just made myself hungry...
Jen, us and Damian our wedding photographer that we run into every year or so. He has worked for Telus for years but this is the first time we have run into him at a work function. And every year he nags me to get my wedding negatives off of him...I think we just might get them this year.
Myself,Lynn and Jen.. Lynn is due 4 days after Karami, so many babies coming this spring!
Us, Lynn and Chris, and Jen and Gaby.
I won the centerpiece, or correction, Mike won it for me . And I promptly forgot it at Karami's house. Whoops.