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Nightmare before Yuletide

Fig.1. "Louis Figuier suggested educating children by telling them stories from prehistory instead of fairy tales, but is that such a good idea? Artist Georges du Maurier felt the prehistoric monsters would be more likely to give them nightmares. Ironically titled "A little Christmas Dream", his cartoon appeared in Punch 1868."

"It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and mankind.
"The Festival" H.P. Lovecraft (1923)


COHEN, C. & RODARMOR, W. (2002): The Fate of the Mammoth: Fossils, Myth, and History. University Of Chicago Press: 336

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