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Large, soft flakes of snow are spiralling slowly to the ground, the Christmas tree is lit, and in the kitchen, Lord Branwyn is baking pizzelles and listening to an audiobook of At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft. Because nothing says "Merry Christmas" like the Cthulhu mythos.
On Wednesday, I drove to the Pittsburgh IKEA to meet with an old friend. We had lunch in the funky restaurant then wandered around the store, by turns marvelling and laughing at the merchandise. We both went home with snowflake-shaped Christmas lights. It was almost worth buying these lights for the instructions alone--

"Electric lamps are much safer than candles, go electric, no candles on your tree or anywhere near it. You may know they are just for show but someone else during the festivities might think lighting the candles is a great idea. Go electric.
Have you got young people in the house? Have you got a working smoke alarm? Have you tested it? Go-on, do it now, you know it makes sense. Then go and buy a battery, it is so very necessary for a happy Holiday. First the smoke alarm, then the fancy decorations!"

Thank you, Mother IKEA!

Date: 2011-12-17 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] engarian.livejournal.com
I was LOL'ing at your "nothing says 'Merry Christmas' like the Cthulhu mythos." Excellent!

- Erulisse (one L)

Date: 2011-12-18 03:00 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-17 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
I haven't yet read Lovecraft myself, but I have a friend who throws a C'thulumas party every year around this time!

Date: 2011-12-17 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-branwyn.livejournal.com
Ooh, I want to attend the C'thulumas party!
Lovecraft's writing is very disturbing. If you like the works of Stephen King, you would probably enjoy Lovecraft. Sadly, he died penniless--a writer who was far ahead of his time.
Edited Date: 2011-12-17 11:58 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-18 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silverwerecat.livejournal.com
Lol, I too was reading Lovecraft earlier this week. In a very weird way, methinks it does fit Xmas. :p

Date: 2011-12-18 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-branwyn.livejournal.com
Maybe because the stories tend to be set in cold, desolate places (like Maine and outer space)?

Date: 2011-12-18 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anteros-lmc.livejournal.com
I know nowt about the Cthulhu Mythos but one of my work colleagues has just published a Call of Cthulhu sourcebook called Shadows over Scotland. It's a beautiful book but it completely cracks me up because one of the scenarios is set in my home town of Stornoway! XD

Date: 2011-12-19 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-branwyn.livejournal.com
Some of his monsters were ancient sea creatures, so they would probably like your town. For supper. :)

Date: 2011-12-20 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anteros-lmc.livejournal.com
Well you certainly get some ancient sea creatures wondering around town when the boats are in! XD

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