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On my current userpic, or, because what Man Ray's Violon d'Ingres really needed* was a Santa hat.


*This statement is funnier if, like me, you have read The Dave Barry Gift Guide, wherein he explains that what da Vinci's The Last Supper really needed was a clock floating over Jesus and the disciples' heads.
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The time for the annual "let's speculate how we could disturb the neighbors by putting up winter holiday decorations even though we probably won't actually do it" discussion has arrived again. My mom vetoed my suggestion of a nativity scene. I'm holding out hope for a baby polar bear or the animated sea lion (which, tragically, doesn't seem to be pictured online.)
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Solstice Celebrations From A to Z

by J. T. McAlister
(reprinted from http://www.echoedvoices.org/Dec2001/DecSolstice.html, which seems to have let their domain name expire and get taken over by a porn site. I'm just putting it here so people can read it.)

Winter was a very difficult time for all primitive agrarian societies;Read more... )

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