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Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday Follow-Up: The Celebration of Festivus

Today is a holiday known as Festivus! I blogged about it in 2010 in an entry where I included fun facts about my Japanese Larch (Larix Kaempferi) which grows in an urban garden that I have on my rooftop in NYC.

Be that as it may, the hot-looking figurine seen in the photo atop this entry is admiring the way she has made herself look for the celebrations (and yes that's plural, she gets around) which she plans to attend on this holiday!

According to Wiki, "Festivus is both a parody and a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 that serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O'Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 episode 'The Strike.'

"The non-commercial holiday's celebration, as depicted on Seinfeld, occurs on December 23 and includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as 'Festivus miracles.'

"The episode refers to it as 'a Festivus for the rest of us,' referencing its non-commercial aspect. It has been described both as a parody holiday festival and as a form of playful consumer resistance. Journalist Allen Salkin describes it as "the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering"

A You Tube version of the aforementioned Seinfeld episode can be seen below:

But getting back to Ms. HOT Pepper, the figurine seen in the image atop today's post: She came to me via More & More Antiques, an exquisite shop on Manhattan's UWS that is currently selling all of the varieties of images that are in my collection of fauna-flora-insect-themed postcards.

This collection includes images of cardinals, house finches, mourning doves; as well as an image of a tulip, a rose, a caterpillar, a butterfly, a dragonfly and the leaves of kiwi vines. Steve Mohr, who is the sole proprietor of this shop, is carrying each type of my postcards.

The Raptor Trust, a bird rehab facility in New Jersey, is carrying my fauna-themed postcards in their gift shop. Each image featuring fauna, flora, as well as insects that is on a given postcard is from the iBook as well as the ePub version of Cam's book, Words In Our Beak Volume One (pictured below).

Moreover, all of the cards can be viewed in one of posts here on Blogger by clicking on this for the link. Cam's book, Words In Our Beak, Volume One,  as well as the postcards based on images from it, make for a great Festivus gift!


The non-hardcover version (or versions)  of Volume One within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold. Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.


Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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