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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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We have socks that are as unique as your loved ones, but since we have hundreds of them, it can be hard to find the perfect one. We went through all our socks & undies and found some fun suggestions for everyone on your list this year. Good luck!

 

Tangled Lights Underwear

A few tangled strands don’t keep this guy from putting your icicle lights to shame…click to read more.

Mazel Toes

The perfect thing for your friend to wear as she’s making you latkes & applesauce from scratch…click to read more.

Toddler Crew; Tacky Holiday Sweater

Not only does this family have matching Christmas sweaters, they take the perfect holiday photo too…click to read more.

2016 Geek Pride Day

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Calling all geeks! The time has come yet again to celebrate our geekiness! While we do this every day, we like to call special attention to it on May 25th, Geek Pride Day. We think of geekdom as just being REALLY into something, no matter what that thing is. So, how are you a geek? Here’s how we are:

Jenica Horror Less BrightJenica

I am a horror geek in general but a horror movie geek in particular. My personal movie collection is categorized by horror and everything else (you might be surprised at which collection is bigger). I can rattle off the differences between the 1978 and 2004 versions of Dawn Of The Dead. I still think Brian DiPalma’s split screen usage to depict two different things happening at the same time in 1976’s Carrie was brilliant.  I get excited when a classic piece of literature gets horror infused for a new generation like Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. I also totally geeked out when I met Oliver Robins, the actor who played Robbie in 1982’s Poltergeist and my friend scored his signed script from the movie.  A weekend spent at a horror convention or watching the latest horror movie always sounds like a good time to me!

Melissa RocksMelissa

I have loved fossils ever since I first watched Jurassic Park as a kid, however it wasn’t until last summer during a road trip in Arizona that I discovered amateur paleontology as a hobby. There is a sense of adventure and excitement in discovering remnants of past life that existed millions of years ago. I mostly dig for and collect marine invertebrate fossils such as brachiopods, gastropods, and crinoids. The oldest fossils in my collection are 300 million years old! It’s amazing that we have access to them to continue learning how life on our planet evolved and what life used to be like!

Eli RasslinEli

I grew up watching wrestling, I think my dad may have shown it to me first, but I quickly got more into it than he was.  We didn’t have cable, so aside from whatever I could rent from the video store, I got most of my wrestling from the WWF magazines I could rent from the library.  Once we got cable, my dad and I would watch every Monday switching between WWE and WCW.  When in college I bonded with some of my best friends over wrestling, and we would watch it every Monday too and occasionally go into together on PPV’s.  Nowadays I don’t watch weekly, but I occasionally teach “Wrestling 101” to friends who haven’t watched wrestling before, or haven’t in quite some time. As most wrestling fans do, I’ve quit watching occasionally, but the thing I’ve noticed is that every time you come back to wrestling, you love it a little more. 

All-Time Favorite Wrestlers: William Regal, Vader, Macho Man, Kurt Angle. Bobby Heenan.

Favorite Current Wrestlers: Bray Wyatt, Kenny Omega, American Alpha.

Favorite Matchs: Shawn Michaels v Undertaker WrestleMania 25. Triple H v Shelton Benjamin RAW 3/29/04. Royal Rumble 92.

SJSJ

Why I Am a Star Trek Geek, by Sarah Jean Charniak. May 24, 2016. 

I am a Star Trek Geek because I am a hopeful person. Space travel and phaser fights are cool, but the really cool thing about Star Trek is how it frames modern social issues in a digestible way, by using “aliens” to represent different points of views and problems. I also like the replicators and the idea of a post-scarcity economy, where we work at jobs that contribute in some way to society and the universe, and not just to make money to pay bills. My favorite captain is Janeway, but the best captain is Sisko. Picard and Kirk are cool, but Janeway is addicted to coffee like me and a bad-ass lady who is probably the most relatable and human of the captains. Archer is the worst captain. My favorite alien race is the Andorian race (I was an Andorian in our company halloween contest last year). I like them because they are aggressive like the Klingons, but not stupidly and absurdly aggressive and obsessed with honor. They’re also fiercely loyal, strategic, and they have blue skin and white hair, which just looks really cool. I can talk about Star Trek all day, but I should probably stop.

JayJay Records

An obsessed record-collecting Geek…………

All shapes and sizes, any color, tens of thousands line the walls and are stacked on the floor at home. They are starting to pile up in my office at work, SockItToMeRecordtoo!

I love to collect LPs, 10”s, 45’s, 8-Tracks, Cassettes, CDs and any other recorded music that can be played on a stereo……Music, music, music…..More, more, more…..

Right now I’m geeking out on collecting anything with the title SOCK IT TO ME in it – so that next time we have an event here at the office, I can DJ all of those and have a crazy dance party. The genre doesn’t even matter – and that’s the fun of it! Soul, Rock, Jazz, Polka, Go-Go, Punk…..”C’mon Baby, Sock It To Me!”

Ira Monster RoarIra

Hi, I’m Ira. I’m a monster. Rawr!

 

 

 

 

 

Why Do We Hang Stockings?

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The end of Halloween heralds the start of eggnog lattes, “holiday” spiced everything, TV Yule logs, elves on the shelves, and the waiting laps of Mall Santas. But how did all these traditions get started?! Sock It to Me is here to shed some light…on those that have explanations.

Hang Your Stockings with Care

While there are no written records of the origins of this tradition, there is folklore! Legend has it that a villager with 3 daughters lost his wife and with her, his savings. His daughters were left dowryless and futureless. The widower was too proud to accept charity, so local Bishop Nicholas, (later named Saint), decided to throw bags of coins down their chimney. One happened to fall into a freshly washed stocking that was hung near the fireplace to dry. The widower accepted this anonymous gift as a miracle and his 3 daughters went on to have happy lives. Now we all hang stockings, usually more ornate than the original, hoping they’ll fill with gifts overnight.

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Love it or hate it: you can’t escape this holiday treat. Modern eggnog is generally made of egg yolks, sugar, milk, cream, nutmeg, and varying additional spices (and usually booze). In 1300’s England eggnog was: hot milk, wine or ale, and sweetener. Somewhere on its way to the American Colonies, eggs were added to the mix, and ale was replaced with rum, which was cheaper. During that time, alcohol was served in wooden mugs called “noggins.” Colonial bar patrons would ask for “eggnog” when they wanted this curious mixture. What does it have to do with the holidays? No idea.

The Tree

While many cultures have brought evergreen plants into their homes during the winter to represent the inevitable return of spring, the Germans are credited for starting this Christmas tradition! For the Feast Day of Adam (12/24) they would perform a procession of “paradise trees” decorated with apples, the forbidden fruit. German settlers most likely brought this tradition to America. The first documented tree in Williamsburg, VA was brought over and decorated by German Professor Charles Minnigerode to a colleague’s home. It was decorated with colored papers and candles. Sounds beautiful and dangerous!

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Both children and adults play dreidel (Yiddish for “spinning top”) during the eight nights of Hanukkah while the candles are burning and work is traditionally not done. Unfortunately, like many Jewish traditions, this gambling game may have started as a way to study the religion secretly. During the time of the Maccabean revolt (when the miracle of lights that is celebrated during Hanukkah occurred), Greeks outlawed studying the Torah. Jewish people took to learning in secret, always keeping their dreidels near so that they could pretend to be playing games instead of studying. Kind of the opposite of being in high school.

The letters on the dreidel are also meaningful. Each side of the top has one of these letters: nun, gimmel, hey, shin. They stand for “Nes gadol hayah sham,” meaning “A great miracle happened there.”