To my e-mail subscribers, casual readers, blog followers all, I wish you and your loved ones a safe and Merry Christmas! If you’re stuck with last-minute gift ideas, here’s a some great stocking-fillers.
And a little bonus for you: what do vampires have to do with Christmas? Bruce A. McClelland explains:
The Unclean Days are a time when not only vampires but vampire slayers can be conceived or born: according to Bulgarians living in Moldova and southerwestern Russia, people born between Christmas and New Years can see not only vampires but all “unclean spirits” (nečistye duxi) (2006, 100).
McClelland, Bruce A. 2006. Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
sLmT. 2010. “The Nightmare Before Christmas – Vampire Brothers (Jun Planning 2008).” Chemical Toys, November 17. http://chemicaltoys.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/nightmare-before-christmas-vampire.html.