Archive for the ‘Winter 2011’ Category

Boxing Day Revisited

January 6, 2012

Jesus in Boxing gloves

I know it is a little late,… but after recovering from the Season Festivicus it occurred to me I didn’t even know why Boxing Day was called Boxing Day. So here it is:

Boxing Day is a public holiday in predominantly Christian countries. It is celebrated on the day after Christmas Day, but strictly speaking it is on the first weekday after Christmas. Why you may ask?

Well, it all started in Mother England in the 18th Century when the wealthy Lords and Ladies in their lofty manors would ‘box-up’ leftover food and re-wrapped/unwanted presents from their abundant Christmas Celebrations. These boxes were distributed to the tenants who lived and worked on their farms. A decade later, in the middle of the nineteenth century under Queen Victoria this ritual was continued by the giving of Christmas boxes, or gifts, to service workers. These gifts were put in and workers would get the first working day after Christmas off and take the boxes to their family to share.

Also in many churches on Christmas Day one finds an Alms Box on Christmas Day, for worshippers to place gifts in for the poor. These boxes are opened the day after Christmas, when the poor of the Perish are given the boxes. There are other theories, have a look at Coburn’s Reflections.

So why not be traditional today, box up the unwanted presents  and left over foods and donate to the poor! Mad Bomber thinks Boxing Day truly is the day of giving, and hence we have accordingly discounted many of our most popular Mad Bomber hats in our webstore. Go and have a look and see what we can put in a box for you!  Even though it is not Boxing Day anymore, we still keep certai great hats on special. Go on, have a look!


The Mad Bomber Wish List

December 26, 2011

Mad Bomber in the Woods

Mad Bomber is realy really proud to be featured in the January edition of InStyle Magazine, and to get featured on the NBC Morning Show! So I had a good look at my own Wish list and realised that 3 of the 7 wishes were in fact from The Mad Bomber! What do you wish for Christmas? Click on the underlined links to find out which ones are from the Mad Bomber.

Here is my list:

For Christmas the Mad Bomber has not only discounted many hats by 35%, they change regularly so get in quick, but we now have really good irresistable everyday prices on some of our most popular hats too! Check it out on

Hats for Hanukkah 2011

December 25, 2011
The Menorah

Menorah (Hanukkah), a nine-branched candelabrum used on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah

Having learned about the 12 days of Christmas it was brought to my attention that there are 8 days of Hanukkah. How did this come about and does this ‘Jewish Christmas’ have anything in common with the Christian holiday?
Some people would scream at the last paragraph, as the Jewish people do not have Christmas, they have no Jesus in their religion. So here is the story of Hanukkah in short. To reward you for reading this lesson we offer you a direct link to some of our most popular hats which now have up to 35% off the RRP!

Hanukkah was a less important holiday on the Jewish calendar, but because it is celebrated close to Christmas (on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev), it has now become more like a (dare we call it) ”Jewish Christmas’ and includes gifts for the children.

Hannukah celebrates the return of the temple in Jerusalem to the Jewish people. It had been taken away by the Greek, and been used to worship Greek Gods which included sacrificing pigs. The emperor, Antiochus IV,  made practicing the Jewish religion punishable by death. So when the Jewish people regained their temple after a long fight they had to cleanse it. This was to be done by burning ritual oil in the temple’s menorah for 8 days. Due to the war there was only enough to burn the flames for 1 day, but miraculolusly it lasted the eight days. This was the miracle of the Hanukkah oil, and Jewish people light a special menorah (a hanukkiyah) for eight days. One candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit. These days children receive gifts with the lighting of each candle. Hanukkah this year runs from 20 December till sunset on Wednesday, 28 December.

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12 Days of Christmas with The Mad Bomber

December 17, 2011

Mad Bomber Winter Sales

At Mad Bomber we have no preferred religion, we just sell warm and stylish hats. We are curious about the world, our customers, and we ask questions; we want to learn.

In this email-lecture I will be addressing why we have 12 days of Christmas and what that song we all hear about Piping Pipers and Pears in Partridge trees is all about. Once you have been educated you will be rewarded  with a link to irresistible Mad Bomber  offers.


FIRST DAY OF CHIRSTMAS: The ‘partridge in a pear tree‘ is Jesus who died on the cross. In ancient times a partridge was often used as mythological symbol of a divine, sacred king.

THE SECOND DAYThe ‘two turtle doves’ are the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Doves also symbolise peace.

THIRD DAYThe ‘three French hens’ are faith, hope and love – the three gifts of the Holy Spirit. The French hens can also represent God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

FOURTH… The ‘four calling birds’ are the four Gospels in the New Testament of the Bible.

FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMASThe ‘five golden rings’ are the first five books of the Bible, also called the Pentateuch, the Books of Moses or the Torah for the Jewish among us.

THE SIXTH DAYThe ‘six geese a-laying’ are the six days of creation.

SEVENTH DAY: The ‘seven swans a swimming’ are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

EIGHTH… The ‘eight maids a milking’ are the eight beatitudes, Jesus’ teachings on happiness.

THE TENTH DAY: The ‘ten lords a-leaping’ are the Ten Commandments in the Bible.

ELEVENTH: The ‘eleven pipers piping’ are the eleven faithful disciples of Jesus.

AND THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS: The ‘twelve drummers drumming’ were the twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed.

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Sinterklaas 2011

December 6, 2011
Sinterklaas and his black Pieters

Sinterklaas and his black Pieters

Well and truly Silly Season now. Shops are full of decorations and all we hear is Christmas music. In today’s multicultural world it is odd to see a Christian religious day being celebrated by just about anyone. Would you deprive your child a Christmas present if your family did not celebrate Christmas?

In Holland EVERYONE celebrates Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas celebrates his birthday on the 5th of December by giving everyone presents. Sinterklaas, although he might look religious, is non-denominational. He gives fairly to all, and everyone in Holland celebrates his birthday.

You think that is weird? Giving presents to others on your birthday? Well, that is not all. He allegedly comes from Spain, in a steamboat, accompanied by Black Pieters, his helpers! There is always one head-Piet who carries the book which in it has every child’s name and if they have been good or bad for the year. Bad children run the risk of being put in the bag and taken back to Spain, or at best get a spanking with the ‘roe’ (a chimney sweep’s broom made of willow branches) instead of candies and presents.

As Sinterklaas arrives in Holland, there is a big parade where lollies are thrown to the kids watching the parade. Then to go from the sublime to the ridiculous, Sinterklaas will then go and visit all the children over a period of 2-3 weeks by riding his horse over the roofs of houses, with Black Pieter climbing down the chimneys to check for shoes which kids leave at the fire-place (or just the heater these days).  This is why Pieter is black apparently.

Kids leave their shoe at the heater with a poem for Sinterklaas and some hay for the horse, and if ‘the Sint’ comes past he will take the hay and the poem and leave some candies and sometimes a small present.

On the night of the 5th of December Sinterklaas comes to visit the homes of all families, with Black Pieter carrying a big sack full of presents. Each present has a Sinterklaas poem, and kids have to sing Sinterklaas songs till they hear him knock on the door. Sometimes Sinterklaas has no time to come by personally and you hear a lot of noise in the attic, dad will go and look and find that the Black Pieter left the big sack of presents upstairs! If Sinterklaas comes to visit everyone has to sit on his knee just like Santa does – something that fat old people with white beards and red costumes do it seems!

So if you need an excuse to give someone a nice new warm hat, why not tell them it is Sinterklaas today and get them a Mad Bomber hat. We have several cool hats at 35% discount!

Black Friday

November 28, 2011
Light Khaki Supplex Bomber with Grey Rabbit Fur Buckle at chin. The color is actually khaki, not how it showed up in this picture!

Light Khaki Supplex Bomber with Grey Rabbit Fur - REDUCED TO $27.30!

As you know Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. There are two explanations why it is called Black Friday:

1) The day’s name originated in Philadelphia in the 1960s, where it described the heavy and disruptive  traffic on the day after Thanksgiving when many stores offered large discounts. In the 1970s the term Black Friday was used in other cities around the USA.

2) “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are “in the black” after buying their Christmas inventories.

In any case, the term became popular in the 1980s and widely used by the 1990s when it was often described as the busiest shopping day of the year. This was not the case until 2003 when it first hit the number one position.

What aboout Black THURSDAY? Well, the shops started opening earlier and earlier each year, till many larger department stores kept the doors open from Thursday onward.  Check out Walmart’s campaign this year:

Why is it the beginning of the Christmas sales? Well, the Thanksgiving Parades were often sponsored by the larger department stores,  and the parade often included an appearance by Santa at the end of the parade, with the idea that ‘Santa is just around the corner’. As all retailers wanted to be first to offer Christmas Sales, it was an unwritten etiquette among the retailers to not advertise Christmas till after the Thanksgiving Parade.

So now you better take advantage of our Sales Specials!!

Thanks Giving according to the Mad Bomber

November 25, 2011
Settlers - or how we think of them now...
Settlers – or how we think of them now…

This year Thanksgiving I have heard people asking if people abroad celebrate this holiday. At Mad Bomber we like to think of us as multi-culturally aware and thought we’d just elaborate on where Thanksgiving really came from before we tempt you with our amazingly good value hat offers.

To begin with, Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and on a different day in Canada! Thanksgiving is celebrated on Columbus day in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving originated from a mix of European and Native traditions.

Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after harvest to give thanks for a good yield, and to rejoice after hard work with the rest of the community. Native Americans also celebrated the end of a harvest season, so when Europeans first arrived in the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest. The two similar traditions were identified as a common interest and used to bond with the Native Americans, hence it became a much more important feast in America where Indians and Cowboys (excuse the term) were often at odds with each other as they squabled and argued with each other over food and land. Any reason to celebrate mutual appreciation was both politically and spiritually important to keep the peace and show appreciation for each other’s good deeds.

The Canadian version of Thanksgiving actually originated somewhere else completely! Thanksgiving celebration was not for harvest, but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England to Canada through storms and icebergs. It started in the 1570s when Martin Frobisher, found a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean. One of the first recorded official

American Thanksgiving celebrations can be traced back to a celebration at Plymouth, in present-day Massachusetts where the settlers finally had a successful harvest in 1621 which could feed all the colonist. In the years prior the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 100+ colonists, and the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. So as you can see Thanksgiving as is celebrated in the USA really is specific to Northern America, where the settlers and the Native Americans had a love/hate relationship.

The very few places where Thanksgiving is celebrated in much more modest ways around the world were often due to an American influence; Whaling ships brought it to Norfolk Island (Australian waters), the Netherlands where many settlers came from. Some countries which have a Thanksgiving day of sorts that do not have USA links are Grenada, Japan and Liberia.

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Spoooky but Coool

November 23, 2011
Mad Rocker David Jennings

Mad Rocker David Jennings

Halloween has marked the start of the US winter months and it has certainly been getting cool out there. Many Mad Bomber®  fans were easily identified trick-or-treating on the cold streets of 31 October as they could not resist wearing their warm Mad Bomber® hats. Needless to say the hat made everyone smile and no matter how scary the costume was, their cool hat totally nulled the scare factor as people identified them as a fellow Mad Bomber®  fan.

Just a few facts for you (sourced from Wikipedia), did you know that the carving of pumpkins originated with immigrants to North America in the 1800s and was associated with harvest time, and had nothing to do with Halloween till the mid to late 19th Century.

Trick-or-treating originated in the Middle Ages in Britain and Ireland when children and poor people would dress up on All Saints Day and sing and prey, door to door, to receive Soul Cakes. Soul Cakes were traditionally made cakes representing the dead. Each cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory. was also first seen in  Scotland/Ireland where children in the late 1800s went ‘guising’; disguised in costume going from door to door for food or coins and carrying lanterns made out of carved turnips. They were  typically rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. Trick-or-treating became a USA tradition for Halloween in the early 1900s.

Most Christians do not mind Halloween, treating it as a holiday devoted to celebrating “imaginary spooks” and eating candy, and if anything it teaches children a little about death and mortality. Some Christians feel concerned about Halloween, and reject the holiday because they feel it encourages paganism and the occult.

At Mad Bomber®  we love Halloween as anything that involves giving things to children, having fun, playing dress up and getting out of the house has to be good! And with the Spirit of Halloween we like to encourage our fans who have read this far with a free shipping code 1dc3ab2514 which you enter when using PayPal to pay for your order on This code is valid till end of December, use it wisely!

Usha-who? Ushanka!

June 27, 2011
The Russian army instrumental in promoting the Ushanka

The Russian army shamelessly promoting the Russian Ushanka hats

The Ushanka is a Russian style hat. It is a round hat with a fur back flap and ear flaps. The Ushanka hat has flaps which can be tied together on top and lowered to protect the neck, ears and side of the face.  Hats were worn by Russian people all seasons throughout the year. In winter the hats were covered with fur, poor people had hats made out of felt and rough cloth, sometimes with a narrow trim of fur. Rich people had hats made of fine cloth or velvet, and a more lavish fur trim and decorated with precious metal ornaments.

In the 1940s the Russian army replaced their helmets with the Ushanka as part of their military winter uniform, and this heralded the start of a great wave of popularity for the design,…

Today it is not just other armies that use Ushanka style winter hats, but as the world became more commercialized many people in the cold climes started wearing the Russian hat as it became a haute couture fashion item! Mad Bomber’s President Brent observed this trend happening in China in the 1980s and made his first purchase in the way of a few dozen commercial samples. The rest of the Mad Bomber® story is also history, and now look at the number of styles we have in our store! Even the original Ushanka design, which we call the Fur Trooper® is making a come-back, why not check out the new line at


Solstice for Dad

June 17, 2011
Dad with his new Mad Bomber Trooper!

Dad with his new Mad Bomber Trooper!

Next Sunday (19 June) is Father’s Day, and did you know the longest day of the year is the following day? Monday 20 June is Summer Solstice, and after that date our days will get shorter again. This means that Fathers Day falls on the longest Sunday in the Northern hemisphere.  Coincidence? My dad’s index fingers are the same size as the holes in his nose, is that a coincidence too? The latter may be a good example  of evolution, but Fathers day is more complicated than picking your nose:

Fathers Day was first celebrated in West Virginia in 1908 to commemorate 210 fathers who lost their lives in a coal mining accident. In 1924 President Coolidge recommended that Fathers Day be observed, but not until 1966 did President Johnson finally designate the third Sunday in June as Fathers Day. President President Nixon signed it into law in 1972 and it became a National Holiday. So in short, it was President Johnson who designated Fathers Day to be so close to the longest day on the USA calendar!

Is that all there was to Fathers Day? No, there are still more complications. Fathers Day is celebrated on different days in many countries. In Bulgaria it is celebrated on almost the shortest day of the calendar, December 26, in Thailand on the birthday of their King, in Denmark on their Constitution Day, and so cunning fathers can travel the world and have a Fathers Day celebration about 46 times in the year!

So who is buying their father a hat for Fathers Day? Look how good he looks in the all natural Fur Trooper hat that we specially brought back into our line in time for Fathers Day, has a quilted lining that feels soft against his balding head and Raw Hide straps that tie the flaps up over his head or down around his stubbled chin. For the month of June Mad bomber is extending a 20% discount voucher for use in the Mad Bomber store on all orders over $50.  Enter this code: 1mbfather right at the end of the checkout process just before you do your final confirmation of your purchase.

And check out our new funky range of styles  recently put up for you on our webstore!