traditional christmas story

anonymous asked:

hey buck, do you celebrate christmas or chanukkah? or do you not celebrate anything at all?

my mom was jewish, and my dad was catholic. it was kinda a weird combo, to be honest. my dad died when i was pretty young–WWI, you know–and we observed some christmas traditions in his honor, but my mother celebrated chanukkah, so we did too. she and the neighobors, an old jewish couple from romania who used to keep an eye on us kids while she was working, taught us some yiddish. steve picked some up too, but his first language was actually gaelic, so he had a really hilarious accent sometimes. lemmie tell you, gaelic + brooklyn + yiddish does not make for a very comprehensible accent. poor little guy. 

anyways, i grew up mostly during the great depression, so while we did celebrate, we were very poor, so we made do with what we could. a lot of the local jewish families got together to celebrate–pooled resources and kinda potlucked some things. there were a lot of families with missing members, people lost to the great war or sickness, and we all kinda watched each others backs. i dont remember a lot of details, but there’s this lingering sense of closeness that i still cherish, even though almost every one from those days is dead by now.

the avengers celebrate the holidays together, these days, and between the group of us, we cover pretty much all the winter holidays. thor does yule stuff. jane and wanda are also jewish, and steve does a very catholic christmas thing with matt. sam does kwanzaa, and i think fury does too? the man is an enigma. Dr banner does…some form of seasonal holiday? he says he grew up with christmas but isnt super attached. i think he’s planning on spending afternoon on christmas day with steve at a soup kitchen. i’ll probably be joining them, as will most of the others. scott and peter are at home doing christmas with their families. nat does christmas too but somehow theres a lot of vodka and russian foods involved, and shes been telling thor Krampus stories for like a week now.  tony grew up with christmas but now he prefers to celebrate festivus (though he is all about the latkes), and im really looking forwards to wrestling him later. he does claim to be the head of the household. clint has jumped on the festivus bandwagon expressly because he likes the ‘airing of the grievances’ part.

its not like what i grew up with. there’s a menorah on the mantle over a fireplace thats burning a yule log, and the christmas tree is actually floating about three feet off the ground to make room for the presents underneath(thanks, tony). outside, new york is covered in snow. 

but im here, safe and warm and relatively intact, celebrating the holidays with family. and that is pretty good, my friends. that is pretty dang good.

anonymous asked:

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1. Christmas traditions! New pajamas, A Christmas Story, cinnamon rolls for breakfast, going to a movie, and Chinese food for dinner. And this year, for the first time in five years, I get to do it with family!

2. A clean house. My bedroom, the living room, the kitchen. I like doing it myself but even better, if I come home or wake up and someone else has done it, it gives me so much joy.

3. Seeing someone you haven’t seen for a really long time and they give you a great big, long hug.

4. Social media. I know it has its problems and I know the addiction is bad and it’s so superficial to get joy from notifications but I really get excited about any comments, likes, follows, or tags on Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr or Instagram or Snapchat. Last night I got to snap back and forth with my best friend that I haven’t seen for a year and a half and that’s just such a powerful thing that keeps us connected despite the distance.

5. Hogwarts house discussions. Whether we’re talking about our own houses, how we would sort non-Potter characters, or the values of the houses in general, I just love talking about the eagles, lions, badgers, and snakes!

The beggar boy at Christ’s Christmas tree - a short story written by Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1876. 

The story is about a 6 years old boy, who after his mother died became alone in a big town (St Petersburg supposedly) to which they arrived on some duty. Hungry and frozen he wandered about the town alien to the universal Christmas’s feast. Everybody pretends to be blind him and his sufferings. But the boy is fascinated by different displays of the holiday. 

Holding up the traditions of Christmas stories represented by Rückert, Andersen and Dickens, Dostoevsky added a pinch of russian toska so in the end you strongly doubt whether it is happy and hopeful or mournful at all: “but as for Christ’s Christmas tree, I cannot tell you whether that could have happened or not”.

Last night I rewatched Crimson Peak since Guillermo recommended on twitter to watch it as a Christmas movie for the Victorian tradition of Christmas ghost stories, and it honestly really worked. The period, the winter setting, the rich green/red color palette made it feel as at home as it did around Halloween. I’d really recommend this if you want a dark alternative for this time of year and have already watched Krampus.

Here are links to some spooky Mark Gatiss related things you can watch online this Halloween night:

A History of Horror [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]

The original three-part documentary series saw Mark exploring his personal history of horror films, and even if you’re not that interested in the subject his knowledgeable enthusiasm is as infectious as a zombie plague.

Horror Europa [link]

Donning the Blue Suit of Sex, Mark heads to Europe to continue his exploration of horror films. Caution: ninety minutes of exposure to the BSOS may cause palpitations. 

The Tractate Middoth [link]

Being a huge fan of the tradition of Christmas ghost stories, Mark persuaded the BBC to let him adapt a story by renowned author M R James for broadcast on Christmas day. This was also Mark’s first directing project. Terror lurks in a dusty library…

M R James Ghost Writer [link]

Accompanying his adaptation of one of M R James’ classic ghost stories was this hour long documentary looking at the life and work of this master of the genre. Also known as ‘that time Mark Gatiss was in a three piece suit cycling through the picturesque countryside and stroking books".

Crooked House [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]

Mark’s original Christmas ghost story set across three parts, pretty much guaranteed to make you wake up in the night in a cold sweat if a glance at the clock reads 3:43am. Also featuring sexy Scottish accent Curator goodness.

If you prefer your scares to be more audio than visual, then I’d also like to recommend the BBC Radio 4 ghost story series “The Man in Black” featuring Mark as the eponymous creepy raconteur, and the one-off radio documentary “The League of Gentlemen’s Ghost Chase” where the gang got back together to spend an evening in a haunted house.

For download links rather than YouTube links to any of these spooktacular shows, click here. And don’t have nightmares! Remember; a good scare is as good as a good laugh… allegedly.