World in Time

…happy Louis day! ☆*・゜゚

I like how Korra and Asami have just sort of been hanging out on IGN’s front page all Christmas Eve, like, that’s how they want to spend their time, sitting happily together on top of popular websites, watching the Internet Traffic roll by, giving a nice little “hi” and waving at people as they pass.

I like to think their last stop on their spirit world vacation is the Tree of Time and it fills with their memories of each other. The happiness and the struggles they came through together and I imagine them each re-living a memory of writing a letter for the other to see, saying out loud the things they could never put down. and then they have their first kiss. the end

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(originally posted at After Dark In The Playing Fields)

The Christmas Service of the Dead

People say that long ago the dead held a service on the night before Christmas.  Once a woman arrived too early for Christmas service.  When she entered the church she found it lit up and full of dead people, singing:

Here we sing, our bones all bleached,
Here we sing with beautiful voice,
When shall the day of judgment come, 
What yet have you to say?

The story continues on as the woman recognizes her dead sister among the congregation. Warned by her sister that she must flee, for the dead will take her life, the woman escapes, dropping her shawl behind her to confuse her cadaverous pursuers.  When the church warden comes in the next morning and puts the lights on, he spies the shawl in the empty chapel, torn almost beyond recognition.

This tale is widely spread in Europe and is extremely old, having been set in Autun, Burgandy, by Gregory of Tours in his De Gloria Confessorum.  See above for an illustrated version of the best-known Scandinavian variant of this migratory legend, “The Midnight Mass of the Dead” from Asbørnsen’s “En gammelgags juleaften” (“An Old Fashioned Christmas Eve”).  These wonderfully evocative images, full of dim shades, grim shadows and midwinter’s eerie light, were created by artist Chris Van Allsburg (JumangiThe Polar Express) and can be found in Ghostsvolume from theTime Life Enchanted World series.  These scans are from my personal collection; higher-resolution, more detailed versions can be found here.

Wishing you peace and light in this dark, dying time of the year, and may you not be without your shawl or other talisman this winter holiday when the dead are afoot and hungry for your company.

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 Kyoko Sakura [5/10]
Wouldn’t that be something? It’d be like one of those stories where love and courage triumph and stuff.
Wanna know something? And this is between us…the reason I became a magical girl was ‘cause I love stories like those.

Omfg jaredleto cut his haaaairrr and he has bangs*!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!1!!1!!!!!1!1!1!!1!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Oh and Happy Bday BabyJesus!!


*please note: this picture is not recent. i do not yet have my bi(hehehe)-hourly status update on the length of Jarebear’s hair. I will keep you updated as soon as I have more info.

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for the red puppy collective: drummxng, fxrtyfive & intellectualequal.

for the ones not afraid of playing with fire; the ones ready for war.

well my blacklist stopped working out of nowhere a few minutes ago so now my dash is full of christmas and blackwall and a whole bunch of other things that are more like petty nuisances but still i don’t want to see so i think i am. going to just. go play games all day today

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Ya Ummati.