The Fairy King of Cats

As with most Halloween traditions, several came from the Celts and their celebration of Samhain. The black cat that we love and celebrate today also has his roots in these ancient traditions. Cait Sidhe (pronounced Kate Shee) is known to be a mischievous, magical member of the faerie. The Fairy King of Cats was said to be a large black cat, often with a patch of white on his chest. On the night of Samhain, you should leave a saucer of milk out for the Fairy King of Cats. If y

The Yule Cat and the Christmas Book Flood

Iceland has some wonderful (and frankly terrifying) traditions. What are they, you ask? The first tradition is wonderful, especially for people who enjoy books as much as you and me. The Christmas Book Flood or Jólabókaflód. On Christmas Eve everyone everyone exchanges books on Christmas Eve and spends the rest of the night READING! Isn't that amazing?! Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country, with most of that publishing occurring during the Christmas