I want Crabs for Christmas

Tonight, Roger and I were happy guests at Courtney and John’s magnificent  “Real Bawlmer Weddin’” held at the Museum of Industry in the Inner Harbor.  In addition to feasting on a French fry bar, crab cakes, crab soup and Whoopie Pies, I chatted with a beehived mistress of ceremonies, Darlene.

Coincidentally (because don’t all things lead back to Christmas?) my new-found friend regularly performs with “Crabs for Christmas” singer David DeBoy as one of  “da Hons.”  (This is only understandable if you speak Bawlamerese.)  Last year, the group lit the Baltimore official Christmas tree, and every year they make many special Christmas appearances.

“Crabs for Christmas” is a hit single DeBoy recorded over 20 years ago, but this song is only one of many on his latest Live! album released last year.  Check out “Biggest Star in Hampden” and “Baltimore Hon.”  Anyone who is not a Maryland native might find our zeal for steamed blue crabs a little odd, especially at the Christmas dinner table, but for those with Old Bay spice in the blood, Christmas without the bare minimum, crab dip, just isn’t a holiday.

Other cities and states have their Christmas songs,  like “Christmas Eve in Washington” written by Maura Sullivan, but “Crabs for Christmas” has a unique following.

Darlene reminded me that HonFest, a celebration in the Hampden neighborhood, is just weeks away, June 9 and 10.  If you’re looking for an adventure, and opportunities to purchase unique Maryland Christmas gifts for the locals on your list, you’ll want to tease you hair, invest in some groovy glasses and practice your Bawlamerese.  I’ve provided the necessary links here to get started.

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