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The Empire of Claus December 26, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
The Empire of Claus

Who is the ruler of Christmas? Santa Claus, of course. But the red bearded one has climbed over a lot of dead bodies to get to where he is today. And every so often when you travel around western countries you find traces of Christmases past. In Spain, for example, and, indeed, through much of […]

The Catalan Caganer December 25, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Catalan Caganer

A fascinating book needs to be written – Beachcombing might possibly publish it: drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com – on nativity scenes around the world. After all, you can sketch out a geography of Western culture with the way that different regions set out their Xmas scenes. From the life-sized North American nativities, to the wooden […]