Tag: Christmas

  • Post Christmas Moods In Art and Illustration

    Post Christmas Moods In Art and Illustration

    The period between Christmas and New Year is a classic example of a liminal space in which we feel this sense of unease, captured best through art, perhaps.

  • Krampus, Saint Nicholas and Santa

    Krampus, Saint Nicholas and Santa

    A collection of facts about Santa traditions around the world

  • Snowmen In Art and Storytelling

    Snowmen In Art and Storytelling

    It’s that time of year in Australia, when it starts to get uncomfortably hot and I start looking at pictures of snow.

  • The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy Young Adult Novel Study

    The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy Young Adult Novel Study

    The Tricksters is a young adult novel by New Zealand author Margaret Mahy, first published in 1986. Mahy wrote many stories for children, but The Tricksters seems to be one frequently talked about in scholarship circles, alongside The Changeover and The Haunting, which both won The Carnegie Medal. The Tricksters is a rare example of the new female mythic form, in which a main character (often femme, sometimes not) thinks and feels their way through a problem rather than leaving home to go on a journey and fight a bunch of opponents.

  • The Annotated Night Before Christmas

    The Annotated Night Before Christmas

    “The Night Before Christmas” is an alternative title of the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (controversially) by a guy called Clement Clarke Moore. The poem was first published anonymously in 1823 and only later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837, the start of the Victorian era. A Dutch migrant called Henry Livingston might be the true author. We don’t know.

  • Christmas Carollers In Art and Storytelling

    Christmas Carollers In Art and Storytelling

    Below are images of Christmas Carollers.

  • Harvey Slumfenberger’s Christmas Present by John Burningham Analysis

    Harvey Slumfenberger’s Christmas Present by John Burningham Analysis

    Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present (1993) is a picture book written and illustrated by British storyteller John Burningham. The pacing in this story is a little different to most picture books seen in bookstores today.

  • Chimneys In Art And Storytelling

    Chimneys In Art And Storytelling

    The chimney is a multivalent symbol in storytelling. Chimneys can be cosy and welcoming. A column of smoke rose thin and straight from the cabin chimney. The smoke was blue where it left the red of the clay. It trailed into the blue of the April sky and was no longer blue but gray. The […]

  • Symbolism of Shoes, Feet and Footprints

    Symbolism of Shoes, Feet and Footprints

    Shoes and footwear contain plenty of symbolic meaning. Horse shoes are different again, but I’ll include horse shoes here for comparison. Early Nancy Drew stories were high concept hooks which generally paired two disparate things which are nonetheless related in some obscure way. In The Clue of the Tapping Heels, those two things are tap…

  • Back For Christmas by John Collier Analysis

    Back For Christmas by John Collier Analysis

    As soon as I read “Back For Christmas” by John Collier (1939) I thought of Roald Dahl. Sure enough, I google both names in a single search and learn that, for Dahl, among many other male writers, Collier is listed as a heavy influence. Credit where credit is due, though: Roald Dahl’s two most famous…

  • The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry Analysis

    The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry Analysis

    See, “The Gift Of The Magi” (1905) is why we don’t buy secret gifts. Aren’t we always told in relationships that communication is key? Yes, yes it is. Either buy your own presents, or drop strong hints in the lead up to gift giving season. Wait, that’s not what I’m meant to take away from…

  • Storytelling in Apple’s Advertisement “Share Your Gifts”

    “Share Your Gifts” is an Apple commercial, of interest because it is a complete story in three minutes. Classic story structure can be found in anything, from songs to narrative poems to advertising campaigns. Compared to when I grew up with free-to-air television only, and a commercial radio station that was always on, I’m rarely…