Pictures from the Net – Tuesday, Dec. 14th

a. If you want to know what winter in Chicago is like here is the answer:

Chicago, US: Ice clings to trees and grass along the lakefront after wind of more than 40mph blew waves on to the shore and temperatures of -11C (12F) turned the spray to ice. (Guardian) 

b. Havana, Cuba: A statue of the Venezuelan independence hero Francisco de Miranda stands as waves smash into the sea wall along Malecon Avenue. (Guardian)


c. Brenda Pasan (l.) watches Ludmila Romero sleep in a property beside a closed slaughterhouse after it was occupied by squatters on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. A few hundred squatters have quickly grown to more than 5,000 in one of the few public green spaces left on the southern edge of the Argentine capital. CSM)


2) Christmas Traditions 

Old – Johanna Heller, dressed as a gold-foiled Christ Child, recites the traditional prologue for the opening ceremony of Germany’s oldest Christkindlesmarkt (Christ Child Market) in Nuremberg, Germany.  The first official record of this pre-Christmas market dates back to 1628. (Bost Globe)


New – During the annual Santa Speedo Run, which started at the Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant, these runners take up the rear of the race on December 11th, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Boston Globe)


In Music

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “The Wexford Carol”, “Carúl Loch Garman, Carúl Inis Córthaidh”, in Celtic Irish.  It orginated in Wexford County Ireland and dates back to the 12th Century. 

Here is the beautiful voice of Méav Ní Mhaolchatha when she sang with Celtic Women:

A more modern Christmas song is “Have Your Self A Merry Little Christmas”.  It was written in 1944 for Judy Garland in the movie “Meet Me in St. Louis”.  I must adimit that in this version the voice of Daniel Snider, doesn’t quite match the beauty of Meav Ni Mhaolchatha:

What is the last Christmas carol you sang? Do you think you sound more like Meav Ni Mhaolchatha or Mr. Snider?