Month: December 2013

BWA Reindeer Games, Day 10

In some parts of Canada it’s Christmas all  year long, like in  Reindeer Station (Northwest Territories), Christmas Island (Nova Scotia), Sled Lake (Saskatchewan), Holly (Ontario), Noel (Nova Scotia), Turkey Point (Ontario), and Snowflake (Manitoba). Christmas traditions throughout Canada are as

BWF Reindeer Games, Day Nine

Nollaig Shona Daoibh! Merry Christmas from Ireland. Instead of milk and cookies, some Irish families leave a mince pie and a bottle of Guinness for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph on Christmas Eve.  But  Irish musician  Colin J Morris 

BWA Reindeer Games, Day Eight

♫ We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas…♫ And so the song goes, until it gets to the “figgy pudding” when things get a little demanding and they’re not going til they get some.  But

BWA Reindeer Games, Day Seven

Day Seven of the BWA Reindeer Games.  time to deck those halls. The song, Deck The Halls, is a traditional Christmas, yuletide and News Year’s carol. The melody is from the 18th century Welsh carol Nos Galan, from which we

BWA Reindeer Games, Day Six

Day Six of BWA Reindeer Games finds us in Russia. Brrr. It’s cold.  Just look at those reindeer. Folks have to get into the spirit to keep warm. Some Russians observe TWO Christmases.  So for the first, we’re gifting a

BWA Reindeer Games, Day Five

It’s Day Five of the BWA Reindeer Games and time to trim the tree. “O Tannenbaum” is based on a traditional German folksong about the evergreen fir tree.  The original lyrics don’t mention Christmas at all. In fact, the tree

BWA Reindeer Games, Day Four

Jingle Bells Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bobtail ring’ Making spirits bright What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight! Jingle

BWA Reindeer Games, Day Three

  Kissing Under the Mistletoe   It’s Day Three of the BWA Reindeer Games. Mistletoe has long had a romantic association since ancient Greeks,  Scandinavians and even the CelticDruids who believed that “mistletoe, taken in drink, will impart fecundity to

BWA Reindeer Games, Day Two

  Don’t be a Scrooge this Christmas! It’s Day Two of the BWA Reindeer Games and we revisit the classic Christmas novella, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens. Answer the questions below, tweet your replies  on Twitter or Facebook, be

BWA Reindeer Games, Day One

Let the BWA Reindeer Games Begin Answer the questions below, tweet your answer  on Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #BWAReindeergames (or we may not find your tweet!) 1st Q: How many Reindeer did Santa have to pull his