Not one to celebrate most holidays, it rarely occurs to me to accommodate others. This holiday season, many of my non-religious friends join in the merriment of their more religious friends, and at the same time family (mostly a-religious or at least not associated with one of the Soltice-based traditions) find themselves enjoying this season because from Thanksgiving onward we found ourselves gathering together. It was a way for some families to find meaning in the season, and we could also take joy in the season’s “traditional” secular festivities. I am talking, of course, of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
I love this movie and its Addams Family-esque approach to normalcy, so for this holiday season I felt what better gift for you all than a joyful skull? In The Nightmare Before Christmas, our hero Jack assembles a parody on Claus’ sled, pulled by reindeer skeletons. So it stood to reason I should gift you all with a reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) skull. In festive cheer.
Happy Holidays to you and yours. Enjoy the marvel of this cold-adapted cervid, its never-shedding antlers in both sexes, and its huge honking (but seldom glowing red) nose (Jack had to get a dog to glow for him, which makes much more sense).