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Advent 2007: Unexpected Christmas Treats

Julius de Gruyter (1884 – 1990)
Unexpected Christmas Treats, n.d.
Colored pencil on paper
Unexpected Christmas Treats
The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia, Charleston, W.Va.

Today's work of art comes from West Virginia, a state formed from counties that seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the United States. The county in which I live came pretty close to being one of those secessionist counties -- there was a pro-Union cavalry unit, the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers, operating in the western part of the county from 1862 through 1865 -- but the more reactionary types in the eastern part of the county held sway, damn their hides. Wait, that's where I live now! Hmm.

Anyway, I've been to West Virginia lots of time, mostly in the Harper's Ferry region. One time, though, I drove all the way down to Fayettevile for Bridge Day, an annual celebration of the opening of the New River Gorge Bridge, which you've probably seen on the back of the West Virginia quarter. Fun!

Previous Advent posts:
2003: Howard, "Shepherd"
2004: Homer, Christmas Belles
2005: Christmas Wishes
2006: Roberts, "Xmas"

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