December 09, 2016

Fridays with Farley...Another Dose of Useless Tidbits for Xmas 2016

• The Good Stuff...
A British soldier 'shakes hands' with a kitten on a snowy bank in Neulette,
Pas-de-Calais. 17th December 1917.

Barclay 'Dimestore Winter Figures c.1950 (MTSC Collection)
A British Pathe newsreel from the 1930s
Model Lessons 1934

• Socialized
found on Facebook...

The Art of War in Miniature and Hardscrabble Studios FaceBook page. Billed as a page designed to showcase my builds, document the process I use to finish, and share tips and techniques. It has grown to include shares of others works I see in groups and on the web and is open for submissions of your own. I also model Sci-Fi and model railroads from time to time, but mainly am a modeler of WW2 German and Allied armor.

• Blogged
The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge

Here you will find the fabulous, fevered work from miniature painters from around the world. They are of every color, gender, age and nationality, but all these people have at least two things in common: they love miniatures and they have all taken the Challenge. This site features the current year's event along with archives of past Challenges.

• Sited
WW2live is the online community you have been waiting for to share and find everything that interests you about World War 2. WW2live works as a manual content aggregator with the aim of providing quality material that is original and complete, to be shared by its owners and likewise material collected and shared by third-parties, which our members want to share with other World War 2 enthusiasts.

• Built

• Benched

• Strange but true...
The National Socialist sought to recast Christmas as a Germanic celebration of the winter solstice and to make Christmas a secular holiday. Germans had traditionally referred to Christmas as Weihnachten (Holy Night), and the National Socialist adopted the name Julfest (Yuletide). Christmas' religious aspects were de-emphasized and replaced with nationalistic and pagan symbolism. The traditional names of the Christmas tree, Christbaum or Weihnachtsbaum, was renamed Jul Tree. The angle or star on the top of the tree was replaced with a swastika, a Germanic "sun wheel" or the Nordic "sig runes" used by the SS as their insignia. Some ornaments include the party salute Sieg Heil! or Heil to Victory!

The biggest problem Nazis faced was the fact that baby Jesus was a Jewish child. This didn’t fit with their racist beliefs and they had to react to remove these aspects of Christmas from civil celebrations. Their plan was to eradicate Christianity in Germany and substitute the old paganism of the early tribal Germanic gods.

In 1933 when Hitler achieved power, Nazis wanted to reject Germany’s Christmas traditions by trying to make Christmas less Christian. Nazis renamed the Christmas festival in “Julfest” and propagated its Germanic origins as the celebration of the winter solstice and the “rebirth of the sun” claiming that Christmas Eve originally had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ.

Nazis argued that the swastika was an ancient symbol of the sun and that Santa Claus was a Christian reinvention of the Germanic god Odin.

Silent Night was transformed into a song of praise to Hitler
“Silent night, Holy night,All is calm, all is bright.
Only the Chancellor stays on guard
Germany’s future to watch and to ward,
Guiding our nation aright.

The star that is traditionally placed on the top of the Christmas tree was also a big problem for the Nazis so they encouraged revelers to place a swastika atop their trees instead. Christmas trees were decorated with pagan runes, swastikas or sun-wheels.

The Nazification of Christmas did not end there. Children ate chocolate SS men and their mothers were prompted to bake biscuits in the shape of birds, wheels, and swastikas for their children. Changes were also made to the manger, which was replaced by a Christmas garden containing wooden toy deer and rabbits; Mary and Jesus were also depicted as a blonde mother and child.
In November 1937 the Heimatwerk organization of the Saxony branch of the Nazi Party produced a Nazi guide to Christmas, in which Virgin Mary becomes German and the Archangel Gabriel is turned into an Aryan god.

German Volkssturm soldiers in Christmas 1944, East Prussia
In 1944 the Nazis tried to reinvent Christmas once more as a day of remembrance for the fallen soldiers. A few months later both the Nazi regime and its pagan Christmas came to an end.
• The Parting Shot(s)...
from our Pinterest Album...Images of War - The Color of War

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