Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  December 24, 2009 at 9:46 AM EST

Orthodox priest walks in snow in front of frescos

An Orthodox priest walks in snow in front of frescos of Mykhaylo Gold Domes Cathedral in Kiev, after heavy snow fall in Ukrainian capital. (Photo by AFP/ Sergei Supinsky)

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The LA Times has a roundup of Jewish musicians who have made Christmas albums, including the latest, Bob Dylan. (Watch a Dylan holiday party gone mad in his music video “Must Be Santa.”)

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From the archives of Life Magazine come a trove of images of dilligent and jolly students attending Santa School.

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British artists reimagined the nativity scene for modern times at the Guardian.

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Why is a Donald Duck television special a holiday tradition in Sweden? Slate investigated.

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The sale of a toothpick that Charles Dickens had used up to his death earned more money at an auction this month than the writer ever saw in his lifetime for the publication of “A Christmas Carol.”

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Finally, First Lady Michelle Obama gives you a tour of their holiday decorations in this video from the White House: