The Horror In The Flames
I get depressed every year when the holidays come to an end. And it kills me how the corporate world is always in such a hurry to start the Christmas season–I kid you not, I have seen stores putting out Christmas merchandise in MAY; seriously, why would they not just keep it on the shelves year-round? Doesn’t that make more sense than yanking it for four months and then restocking?–but then about an hour into December 25th, they’re pulling all the Christmas stuff from store shelves and putting out Valentine’s candy. Historically and culturally, there are twelve DAYS of Christmas. The Christmas celebration doesn’t come to an end until January 6th and the Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates the arrival of the Magi at the home where Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus were living. (All those Nativity scenes depicting the Wise Men as being present at the birth are historically inaccurate.)
As I type these words, it is January 3rd. The tenth day of Christmas. Epiphany isn’t until Saturday, thus the celebration continues. Just don’t try telling that to the corporate world. Determined as I am, then, to hold onto my holidays for as long as possible, permit me to share the following video. It’s a crackling Yule Log, but there are some surprises hidden in there, meant to catch the unwary partygoer off guard. You can use this if you’re hosting an Epiphany party. And if you need an excuse to host an Epiphany party, here it is.
If the Horrors hidden in the Yule Log video aren’t sufficiently vampiric for you, I recommend watching the movie SLEEPY HOLLOW, and when you get to the fireplace scene, the one right before the Headless Horseman shows up and kills the kid, advance through it one frame at a time. And if THAT isn’t vampiric enough, here is Nosferatu in a Santa hat. Season’s greetings!