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Thursday, January 6, 2011

ski-ing, New Years

New Years,

I have never been ski-ing before, nor did i ever think i would, but for new years, John took me ski-ing. My first trip down the mountain did not go so well. I fell, a lot and at one point hit my head incrediably hard and ended up with a mild concussion, but that did not stop me. John, his best friend Charlton and his girlfriend Louisa kept telling me to pizza pie..... i did not understand this "pizza pie" concept until the second trip down the moutain. When i finally figured out what the hell it was they were talking about, I got the hang of skiing really quickly and now i love it. I love ski-ing. John and I were talking about going back one more time before it gets too late and there is no more snow, real or fake.

Charlton and John's friend owns a cabin near sugar moutain, literally 10 minutes away, and we stayed there for about a week. I have never had such a wonderful new years before. Every day was different, but still interesting and fun. One day we all got back to our childhood roots and built a snowman we named Crampus. Why name him Crampus? Its a throw back to the evil devil looking creature that used to travel with Santa Clause on Christmas eve. Way back when, Santa was actually depicted as an elf and Crampus was a horned devil like creature complete with hoofs and a pointed tail who rode around in Santa's sack. When children were bad Santa did not leave coal, instead Crampus would carry them away in his sack and do Lord only knows what. Fun right?

Crampus/Krampus: The word Krampus originates from the old high German work for claw (Krampen). in the Alpine regions, the Krampus is represented by an incubus demon accompanying Saint Nicholas. Krampus acts as anti- saint nicholas, who, instead of giving gifts to good children, gives warnings and punishments to the bad children. traditionally, you men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December, particularly in the evening of December 5th and roam the streets frightening children and woman with rusty chains and bells. in some rural areas the tradition also includes birching by the Krampus, especially of young females.