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A Canadian film by the Bulgarian director Theodore Ushev is fighting for an Academy Award tonight in the Best Animated Short Film category. It is based on a short story by the Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov and features music by Nikola “Kotarashky” Gruev.

It’s Boxing Day but these assholes will wear their ugly sweaters until after New Years you can’t stop them.

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Frau Holle, or Holda, from the folklore of Northern Europe. Sometimes depicted as queen of the witches, or a domestic goddess, depending on the story. In the Brother’s Grimm tale, Mother Holle, Holle serves a Baba Yaga-like role, rewarding a hardworking girl and punishing her cruel and lazy stepsister. In Holland, Holle ushers in winter by shaking down her bed, the feathers from which become the first snowfall.

I found her when I was researching winter creatures and goddesses for another personal project. She’s become a favourite.