Christmas is over and Grinch that I am, I say hallelujah!
I find Christmas just too much. The postcard below depicts my resulting emotional pain and rejoicing at the end of this holiday:
The angels are supposed to be singing to the glory of God, but their facial expressions suggest otherwise (particularly the two on the right).
I feel like they know truly how I feel!
Surprisingly, this is a detail from an altarpiece – the world-famous Ghent Altarpiece (which features prominently in the recent film The Monuments Men). To see the angels piece and the entire altarpiece in amazing detail, visit the site Closer to Van Eyck.
Here’s the back side of the postcard sent to Canada from Germany.
Postcard caption (translated):
Jan Van Eyck (from 1390-1440), The Singing Angels (detail), Ghent, Ghent Altarpiece.
“Dear X. We wish you and your beloved a most joyous Christmas and a very prosperous and blessed new year. Are you planning on coming to G again? We are well so far. My mother-in-law is living with us now. Our children are growing. I am the smallest in the family now. Love Y.”