I went for something completely different for myself because I wanted to head out of the ball park and really push myself. Luckily my boyfriend Z-666-Fallen supported me all the way. Though he couldn't be there I really appreciate him Anyways I decided to set up a holidays shoot. Nothing better then feeling the festivities. I enjoyed creating the presents and some of the prop ideas. It all came together fabulously. I was very nervous during the shoot and afterwards I just couldn't stand anymore. Whew! I'm glad it's done and now to open some presents!
First before I say anything else. I grew up in a family that didn't celebrate it, there was some gift giving an my extended family put up trees but the most my parents did was eggnog and a few christmas stories. I had very secular parents. There is a group of people on the right in america fighting to save christmas from well nothing. They cite stuff atheists trying to take down public displays of the holiday and also trying to get more people to say happy holidays instead of merry xmas.
I looked up the etymology of those words and phrases and found this:
The word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig "holy" + dæg "day"). The word originally referred only to special religious days.
Though Christmas has been celebrated since the 4th century AD, the first known usage of any Christmastime greeting, "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" (thus incorporating two greetings) was in an informal letter written by an English admiral in 1699. The same phrase appeared in the first Christmas card, produced in England in 1843.
So saying happy holidays is probably more religious then saying merry christmas. Furthermore it's been proven that the only reason christmas is during the winter solstice was to get roman pagans to convert during the start of the christ's mass tradition in the 4th century and then later they adopted more pagan traditions like the tree and santa etc which all come from other cultures. Basically christian's took the same ideas the romans used to conquer lands to convert people. go to an area, tell them about your beliefs, incorporate their beliefs and you will slowly but surely convert them so that there are no longer any boundaries. The Roman empire first invaded with military force and a central government though which is different. anyways that is off topic. Point is it's a debate over nothing important at all.
Interview with Emilie Autumn and Birthday Massacre
December 03, 2013, 04:19:pm
I interviewed Birthday Massacre and Emilie Autumn during their recent show here in NYC. It's pretty entertaining, featuring Emilie Autumn and Chibi, and a special surprise love affair between Rainbow and Voltaire:
Check out this awesome advice column from "Modern Women Digest" Jane, I’m a woman in her mid-30s who still attends weekly goth nights at some of the bars in my area. Recently I’ve started to notice a much younger crowd at the clubs I frequent. More and more I find that I have absolutely nothing in common with this new generation of kids. I have a house, a career, responsibilities. I’m not the same person I was way back when. I don’t even dress in all the black clothes and fishnet anymore.
These observations have left me with a bitter taste in my mouth and I’ve begun to wonder: Am I too old to be going out to clubs? I mean, is that chapter of my life over now that I’m well into my 30s? Is there a point where you can become “too old” for the goth club?
The short answer to your conundrum is a resounding: No, it’s absolutely NOT okay for a woman in her 30s to attend such an event. No respectable woman would be caught dead hanging out at a goth club with the emotionally damaged, black-clad poster-children for Prozac.
The gothic lifestyle is a perfectly acceptable phase for teens and despondent 20-somethings to experience. Getting drunk in some filthy bar while pretending you’re a faery princess named “Ishir Nightshade” when you’re knocking on 40′s door is something altogether different and disturbing.
Most adults outgrow their insecurities and psychological afflictions after entering their twenty’s. Those that continue to dwell within depression’s drowsy comfort begin expressing themselves in abstract and nonconstructive ways. Their mind becomes cloudy and they begin to mistake personal shortcomings as grand characteristics and experience scattered, delusional thinking. Thus, the adult gothic is born.
You’ve done everything in your life correctly up to this point, S.M.T. Everything except for not attending goth nights in your 30s… Thankfully, your natural instincts have finally decided to kick in and you’re seeing for yourself just how pathetic and demeaning the whole ordeal really is.
There comes a time in every women’s life when childish things must be put away. No one wants to see your flabby, out of shape, middle-aged body stuffed into a vinyl mini-dress while you stumble around in platform heels. How unbecoming. How embarrassing!
My advice is to stop cutting yourself and start cutting out those unsavory gothic characters from your social circle . You’re going to have to tackle this problem as though you were an alcoholic or habitual drug user. Sever ties with anyone who still participate in the “goth scene”. Clear out your facebook friends list, photos, likes, etc. Take down your kitsch decorations and those awful band posters. You will also want to get rid of all the clothing you’ve purchased over the years too. You won’t be needing that crap anymore.
After you have done all this, if you feel like you are about to relapse into the “gothic lifestyle”, just image what your parents would say. Would they approve? Absolutely not! They would disown you on the spot and rightfully so! Nobody wants a middle aged daughter who refuses to stop being gothic
You have a life now. A real life. Cherish and nurture that instead of chasing dreams of Nightmare Before Christmas paraphernalia and indistinguishable gender identity roles. Once you’ve cleared out every last aspect of your life as a gothic, I promise all of these feelings of insecurity will fade. Hope that helps, S.M.T, and have a great day. Original article here, by Jane M. Agni
GOTH CLUBS AFTER 30 – SIGN OF A LOSER?
December 06, 2013, 08:58:pm
Honestly, in my opinion, that's seriously stupid. You don't have to be a teenager or a twenty-something to be a goth. I've seen plenty of eldergoths around. Though some of them don't dress like they used to, because of work, lack of money, and the need to support their families, they still have that interest. Being a goth doesn't mean you're permanently depressed either. And Jet's definitely got to be getting up there, but he's still doing his thing.
GOTH CLUBS AFTER 30 – SIGN OF A LOSER?
December 06, 2013, 09:02:pm
(giggles at the jet comment)Some women, who try to be goth as teens can't hack it, some older women who try to be goth can't hack it. If this woman was a secure woman she'd not be writing "jane" from modern women's digest, at all, as in she'd be secure enough to go whereever, and do whatever, whenever, and she'd know she'd be bad ass.Sounds like she's a wallflower goth who is now older, who has lost her sense of lostness lol
GOTH CLUBS AFTER 30 – SIGN OF A LOSER?
December 07, 2013, 01:09:pm
Yeah I seen what this girl/Ugly poser journalist wrote. My opinion is if you let age or some other social society guideline determine what is appropriate for you, then you were never truly that to begin with. You were just a poser looking for something to fit in, until it was time for you to get your kicks from going to bed by 8pm, going golfing on weekends, happy over new vitamins, and stuff like that. (Trying really hard not to cuss here).
Lets get the Endless Night Vampire Ball here in Denver, Colorado!
Show Father Sebastiaan your support in making this happen by commenting on both his pages.
The Endless Night Vampire Ball are HUGE hits in New Orleans, NYC and Germany and Colorado definitely needs it's blood pumping with amazing Vampires and enthusiasts a-like!
You can even get your fanged by the one and only Father Sebastiaan while having the wildest night
I'm hoping to see a bunch of you there so check out the links below to make this event happen!
VF Store :: Cyber Monday Sale!
You guys loved our Black Friday Sale, so we've got everything on sale for 25% OFF again!
Today is your chance for some awesome deals! VampireFreaks Store: Cyber Monday Sale