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  • Christmas 2015

    Posted by David Foster on December 24th, 2015 (All posts by )

    Newgrange is an ancient structure in Ireland so constructed that the sun, at the exact time of the winter solstice, shines directly down a long corridor and illuminates the inner chamber. More about Newgrange here and here.

    Grim has an Arthurian passage about the Solstice.

    Don Sensing has thoughts astronomical, historical, and theological about the Star of Bethlehem.

    Vienna Boys Choir, from Maggie’s Farm

    Lappland in pictures…link came from the great and much-mourned Neptunus Lex

    Snowflakes and snow crystals, from Cal Tech. Lots of great photos

    A Romanian Christmas carol, from The Assistant Village Idiot

    In the bleak midwinter, from King’s College Cambridge

    Rick Darby has some thoughts on the season. More here.

    A Christmas reading from Thomas Pynchon.

    The first radio broadcast of voice and music took place on Christmas Eve, 1906. (although there is debate about the historical veracity of this story)

    An air traffic control version of  The Night Before Christmas.

    Ice sculptures from the St Paul winter carnival

    O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, sung by Enya

    Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Jeff Sypeck on a winter garden

    Mona Charen, who is Jewish, wonders  what’s going on with the Christians?
     

    2 Responses to “Christmas 2015”

    1. vxxc2014 Says:

      Newgrange and for that matter the Irish prove life goes on.

      Merry Christmas.

    2. JohnTyler Says:

      Re: Lapland in Pictures

      Presumably the Laplanders have a diet almost devoid of fruits and vegetables, but I will venture to guess they suffer not at all from heart disease or other forms of arterial disease.

      Ditto for the eskimos of 125 years ago and before; and the masai of Africa, and of course, ALL humans prior to 10,000 years ago.