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How old are the Krampus traditions?  Was Krampus around before the advent of the Christmas holiday?
This is a big parade, that occurs all around parts of Europe, at this time each year, as part of their Christmas traditions.
What town is this in?
I'd like to learn more about the history of Krampus...
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Well, being interested in Finnish traditions (I'm a Finn myself), I find that Krampus resembles a little bit of Finnish Kekri(pukki) (also called köyri or köyripukki). Another similarity I see between Krampus and Finnish Nuutti.

Moreover the coat-like creature, kekri was a name of traditional Finnish celebration that was made for honor of decedents in families and towns. Kekri-celebration was kept in the late part of autumn, and it's also a celebration of harvest. Kekripukkis (men and women dressed up creepy-looking dresses) wandered from house to house, demanding things to eat, or they would start to broke things. A part of celebration meal was also given to decedents and elves of the houses.

There's a picture of kekripukki at facebook site of suomenusko (finnish faith): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=663937180306185&set=pb.236901253009782.-2207520000.1390587128.&type=3&theater 
In comments below you can also find the text about kekri in English.

Nuutti(pukki), that also used to wander from house to house, demanding something to eat and wanting to sing, ended the yule-time. Nuuttipukkis took people to their parade, and parade ended up their trip in a house, where whole town celebrated the end of yule-time together, before working season started again. Nuutti tradition is still alive among Finnish children (conduct a Finnish Easter, wishing good luck to the next year by singing). Though, some newer traditions of Christian Eastern are blent in, so it doesn't resemble the old celebration that much anymore.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=705261442840425&set=pb.236901253009782.-2207520000.1390587125.&type=3&theater

I think it's just great to hear about old traditions of countries :)
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Hello all!
Can anyone tell me what sort of spiders these are?  I caught 2 of these in my bathroom, within 12 hours of eachother.
They seem to be moving around, not web builders.
I was thinking "Brown Recluse,"  but I'm not sure.
The front half of their bodies, and their legs are dark brown, and shiny.
The back part is a charcoal grey, and fuzzy.
They are the size of my little pinky nail.
I've seen these around before, and I don't think I want to be bit by one of these.
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Well, it seems that these may in fact be 'Brown Recluse,' spiders.
I found out that the Brown recluse isn't just one spider, but one with 11 subspecies of relatives!  And from what pictures and videos I have come across in searching out these little buggers, the seem to fit the bill, as to appearance.
So, in the end, these spiders may be one of a subspecies,  of the Brown Recluse, yet not the number one of the species.
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Hello everyone!
I have a mission for the G+ community
Today I found a tiny flash drive,
And on it was a huge collection of wedding pics.  Does anyone know this couple?
If so, let them know I have this flash drive with all their wedding pics, and I'd be happy to mail it to where ever they want it sent.
I'm sort of leaning toward the wedding having been in the NY City, or New Jersey area.
Please send me an e-mail, at...  james.lanning1@gmail.com.
or just answer this post.
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Here's a rotten apple for you to chew on over the weekend...
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Deep water ports in the US...
Are they to be the "Feet Dry," ports of entry, for Chinese backed UN troops, as they invade the US and take over, as martial law is invoked?
Why would a US Senator give the advice, that if you want to learn a second language, learn to speak Mandarin, the primary language of China? 
Enjoy your 4th of July.  It could very well be the last one celebrated in the history of the US.
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Good Day to all of you!
I hope your weekend is blessed and full of good things.
It's been easy lately, to get all hung up in the mess we see and hear in the news.
We don't seem to have anything good to hear any more, or see.
So here's a video, everyone should see and consider.
And then, take a step outside your door.  Take a breath, take a walk, unplug from the madness, and realize what a fantastic, beautiful world you live in!
Earth IS our only home.  we don't have the ability to go elsewhere.
And Earth is the most wonderful planet in our solar system!
Look around people, and realize what a privilege you have, to be a part of the only living world we have access to.
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well said and amen...we need to care for all life and the gifts we were given here
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Are FEMA camps really a part of the Chinese takeover of the US?
Who will, or won't be there?
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I remember this, each morning, before class started.
Then at lunch time, we stood in line and prayed,...
"God is great God is good,
And we thank Him for our food,
By His hands we all are fed,
Give us Lord, our daily bread."
"Amen."
 
For +Nelson Ramirez & +Derek Gibb. Share away!
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