Yep, you can't argue with that. Just above, is an image of Santa Claus from, I think, the late 1940s, probably what many, if not most, of us (at least here in the United States) have in mind when we think of the big, jolly guy who brings presents to children around the world on Christmas eve. Strange, how many of our enduring Christmas ideals stem from either the Victorian era or roughly the mid-2oth century -- The Depression and World War II periods.
Just below is another image of the Russian Grandfather Frost. Now, I'm not sure at all myself, but I am curious to know, so please chime in if you do. Does Grandfather Frost truly have his roots in Russian folklore, or was this something dreamed up by the Soviet authorities during those times of trouble? In any case, you can't argue with the magical feeling he invokes with his staff and opulent robes.
And yes, more to come from the unfolding Action at Pickelhaubewicz later this evening after the workday is through and dinner has been had. Classes might be over, but there is grading to do, some more translation proofreading, a newsletter to compile, and a few other things on the table, either literally, or figuratively. And I added another two painted fusiliers to the bunch last night, bringing the unit to six. Gosh, only 74 more figures to go! And I was worried it would take a long time to paint all of them.