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[PHOTO] Three photos of the Eaton Centre Christmas tree

I made a pilgrimage out to the Eaton Centre on Boxing Day to witness the Eaton Centre’s Christmas tree in all of its glory.

Looking up #toronto #eatoncentre #christmas #christmastree #tree #lights #red #boxingday

Looking up, panorama #toronto #eatoncentre #christmas #christmastree #tree #lights #red #boxingday #googlephotos #panorama

Looking across #toronto #eatoncentre #christmas #christmastree #tree #lights #red #boxingday

Written by Randy McDonald

December 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm

[NEWS] Seven Christmas links: Bowie and Bing, horror, ghosts, holidays, xenophobia, Elf on the Shelf

  • Dangerous Minds shares the story of the remarkable duet between Bing Crosby and David Bowie.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at the 1980 horror film To All A Goodnight.
  • Strange Company shares a strange story, of a ghostly choir reportedly heard in 1944, here.
  • Caitlin Kelly at the Broadside Blog writes about why she and her husband each take Christmas seriously.
  • Paul Campos at Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the xenophobia behind the idea of a War on Christmas, going back to the anti-Semitism of Henry Ford.
  • JSTOR Daily carries suggestions that the idea of the Grinch, from Dr. Seuss, has anti-Semitic origins.
  • VICE makes the case for the creepiness of the Elf on the Shelf in the context of a surveillance society, here.

[PHOTO] Fourteen photos of Christmas lights, in Dovercourt Village and High Park North

Three houses #toronto #highparknorth #mountviewave #lights #night #christmas #christmaslights #yellow #red #green #latergram

Red and white #toronto #highparknorth #pacificave #lights #night #christmas #christmaslights #white #red #tree #latergram

Two houses #toronto #highparknorth #pacificave #lights #night #christmas #christmaslights #white #red #latergram

With Olaf #toronto #highparknorth #pacificave #lights #night #christmas #christmaslights #inflatable #olaf #olaffrozen #latergram

As if falling snow #toronto #dovercourtvillage #craftsmanlane #night #christmas #christmaslights #blue #white #latergram

Down Bartlett #toronto #dovercourtvillage #bartlettavenue #night #christmas #christmaslights #blue #white #tree #latergram

Hallam Fantasia #toronto #dovercourtvillage #hallamstreet #night #christmas #christmaslights #disney #minniemouse #mickeymouse #latergram

Inside #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #night #christmas #christmaslights #patio #latergram

Red and green #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #night #christmas #christmaslights #red #green #windowdisplay #tinsel #themonarch #latergram

Arches #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #night #christmas #christmaslights #arches #white #latergram

Around Santa #toronto #highparknorth #pacificave #night #christmas #christmaslights #santaclaus #latergram

Reindeer with candy canes #toronto #highparknorth #pacificave #night #christmas #christmaslights #reindeer #candycane #latergram

White and blue and green and red #toronto #highparknorth #pacificave #night #christmas #christmaslights #santaclaus #white #blue #green #red #latergram

Blue over white #toronto #highparknorth #pacificave #night #christmas #christmaslights #lights #blue #white #latergram

[PHOTO] Garlanded trees, Canada Square entrance, Eglinton station

Garlanded trees, Canada Square entrance #toronto #yongeandeglinton #canadasquare #ttc #eglintonstation #christmastree #christmas #garland #lights #red #white #night

Written by Randy McDonald

November 24, 2019 at 11:30 am

[NEWS] Ten JSTOR Daily links (@jstor_daily)

JSTOR Daily is a quality source of links that can accumulate quickly.

  • JSTOR Daily shares ten poems about travel.
  • JSTOR Daily notes the decidedly mixed environmental legacies of missionaries.
  • JSTOR Daily explains why, exactly, a landlord in the medieval world might ask for a rose at Christmas time as rent.
  • JSTOR Daily explores the immersive cyclorama of the 19th century.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how, with a canny emphasis on the prestige of their drink and their lineages, dealers of champagne were able to build lucrative empires.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the 17th century German painter of insects Maria Sibylla Merian, now at last gaining recognition.
  • JSTOR Daily summarizes a paper that examines why the literal image of Nelson Mandela is so popular, is so iconic.
  • JSTOR Daily notes that, alas, the balance of the evidence suggests alcohol is not good for people.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at “story papers”, the inexpensive 19th century periodicals carrying stories targeted at boys and young men which ended up changing both popular literature and gender identities.
  • Alexandra Samuel at JSTOR Daily takes a look, after Rachel Giese, at the ways in which the Internet and Internet culture can lead to outbreaks of misogyny.

[PHOTO] Four photos of Christmas lights on Pacific Avenue, High Park North

Wreath mirrored #toronto #pacificave #highparknorth #christmas #wreath

Corner #toronto #pacificave #highparknorth #christmas #decorations #lights

Tree illuminated #toronto #pacificave #highparknorth #christmas #decorations #lights #tree

Blue, green, red #toronto #pacificave #highparknorth #christmas #decorations #lights #blue #green #red

Written by Randy McDonald

December 28, 2018 at 8:00 am

[PHOTO] More Christmas decorations from Long Branch

Chris and Adam’s Christmas decorations, out in Long Branch, remained as compelling on Christmas Day as they did earlier in the month.

Chris and Adam's decorations (1) #toronto #etobicoke #longbranch #holidays #christmas #frontyard #latergram

Chris and Adam's decorations (2) #toronto #etobicoke #longbranch #holidays #christmas #frontyard #latergram

Chris and Adam's decorations (3) #toronto #etobicoke #longbranch #holidays #christmas #frontyard #latergram

Chris and Adam's decorations (4) #toronto #etobicoke #longbranch #holidays #christmas #frontyard #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 27, 2018 at 12:15 pm

[NEWS] Ten Christmas links (#christmas)

  • CBC Indigenous reports on how Kahnawake Mohawks celebrate Christmas with a Mohawk-language radio program.
  • Craig Desson at CBC reports on how the Québec cheese-making Orthodox monastery, Virgin Mary the Consolatory, was preparing to meet Christmas.
  • Jason Vermes at CBC’s Cross-County Checkup has a report taking a look at the importance of chosen family for queer people at Christmas time, featuring the experiences of (among others) author Nathan Burgoine.
  • Samantha Allan at The Daily Beast reports on how LGBT bars in the United States often remain open on Christmas, to provide community and family for queer people excluded from said.
  • Carrie Jenkins, writing at Global News, notes how difficult it can be for people in polyamorous relationships to have both (or all) their partners recognized in holiday celebrations.
  • Adam Wallis at Global News reports on some unexpected holiday albums, starting with the Star Wars Christmas album and going through drag and metal, for starters.
  • Adam Gaffney at Jacobin Magazine makes the case for seeing Santa Claus as a hero of the left, doing his best to work wonders within a structurally unequal capitalism.
  • Stephen Maher at MacLean’s makes the case for “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues being the best Christmas song, ever.
  • Noisey makes the case for the Darlene Love original of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” being the best Christmas song.
  • A Jamie Lauren Keiles interview at Vox with Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut explains how, exactly, American Jews came to make eating at Chinese restaurants a marker of their Christmas day events.

[BLOG] Seven Christmas links (#christmas)

  • Astronomer Phil Plait takes a look, at Christmas time, at the ice-filled Korolev Crater on Mars.
  • Joe. My. God. shares his Christmas time favourite post, “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Lesbians”.
  • Language Log takes a look at the qi’lin of ancient Chinese myth. How closely is it related to the reindeer? What does linguistics have to say about the matter?
  • Jamie Bradburn shares some excerpts from the Toronto Daily Mail of 1888, published as Christmas approached.
  • Drew Rowsome shares some seasonal GIFs, some NSFW, suitable for the holidays.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on how some in Russia want to protect the indigenous Father Frost against encroachment by Santa Claus.
  • Arnold Zwicky–now on Twitter at @ArnoldZwickycelebrates the 2018 Syfy film Santa Jaws.

[PHOTO] Twelve photos of Nathan Phillips Square on Christmas Eve

Nathan Phillips Square at night looks lovely, perhaps especially at Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Into Nathan Phillips Square #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #latergram

Pillars #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #pillar #latergram

Arches (1) #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #arch #latergram

Arches (2) #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #arch #latergram

Toronto City Hall #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #christmastree #latergram

Arches (3) #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #arch #latergram

Christmas tree #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #christmastree #latergram

Christmas tree (2) #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #christmastree #latergram

Arches (4) #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #arch #latergram

Christmas tree (4) #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #christmastree #latergram

Selfie by tree #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #christmastree #me #selfie #latergram

Arches (5) #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #night #christmas #christmaseve #arch #oldcityhall #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm