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''Oh, Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind and that's what's been changing. That's why I'm glad I'm here, maybe I can do something about it." — Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn)

It's funny but nothing says Christmas like an old black and white movie or one of the classics like Holiday Inn or White Christmas. My favourite Christmas story, whether as a book or as a film is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I have always been captivated by this tale. The transformation of Scrooge is a lesson that has meaning today and always. A mean and miserly man obsessed with money and gain is changed into a man of generous spirit and heart by being shown the error of his ways. 
Recently I have been able to enjoy journals from friends of mine regarding their own experiences of Christmas over the years. We all seem to have the same opinion on one aspect of Christmas. It was better years ago when we had less. Now it could also because we were kids then ( I'm sure that has something to do with it) but we all seem to have come from a relatively poor background. Christmas was a huge event in the year and the centre of attention for gifts, food and treats that were hard to find throughout the rest of the year. Our parents scrimped and saved so that our Christmas was as good as it could be. 
I have fond memories of Christmas eve and Christmas day. When I look back on those times now I am aware of how little we had. That fact made every little treat so much more special though. At the time I was unaware of what we didn't have. What I did have was the feeling of love and happiness and magic. That feeling has never left me at Christmas. Odd things have stuck in my mind like sandwiches made with hot turkey and stuffing that were legendary in our house. I can still feel the excitement of holding that sandwich with butter dripping down my fingers. 
Christmas was colder when I was a kid. I'm sure of that. In our house we had a gas fire in the living room and a paraffin heater in the kitchen but no other heating. I would wake up to condensation frozen on the inside of my bedroom windows. I just had lots of blankets to burrow under. 
We used to make our own mince pies and sausage rolls. Flour everywhere and drifting in the air like fairy dust. Oh and sticky pastry :lol: all in my hair and all over my clothes. Somehow the food got made :) 
I still make my own now, and gingerbread and a Christmas cake. 
All was done in a feeling of happiness though. 

"Christmas is just about my favorite time. Ever since I was a little kid, I always felt like it was my own personal holiday." — Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney)

What has changed over the years is that I get more and more enjoyment from what I can do for others rather than what is being done for me. I still feel it is a magical time and I love it all. I am totally aware of the over commerciality of Christmas by the retail industry but everyone has to earn a living. You don't have to buy into it ( not completely anyway :lol: ) Christmas and that special feeling comes from inside you. 
The desire to be as good a person as you can be. I try to do that all the time but Christmas somehow allows me to really put it into practice. 

"It's Christmas Eve. It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be." — Frank Cross (Bill Murray)

Spare a thought for those who might need help if you can. I know it's not easy as it is such a hectic time of year, especially if you have kids. You may have an elderly neighbour who might be on their own now. For them Christmas can be a very lonely time so something small like a coffee and a mince pie can really give them a lift. You don't need to spend long with them, it just lets them know they are not forgotten. 
Maybe if you know someone who has trouble getting around you can do a shop for them so they have their food without having to struggle in the Christmas crowds. 
You get the idea though. You don't need ideas from me. I'm sure you know I just mean if you can help someone who is in need then please try to :heart: 

Now it is time for my feature. I have made some amazing new friends this year who have become very dear to me. Honestly this place (dA) is full of incredibly kind and loving people who also happen to be so creative and imaginative and skilled in their art. It is due to two of these people that I have recently been awarded my third DD. :iconempellina: and :iconjenfruzz: much love to you both :hug: Also to the very dear :iconyadiyada27: who has hung one of my pictures on her wall :heart: 
It is always unfair to single people out for special praise when so many of you have shown me such love and friendship over the last year so I will just say that I love you all more than you can know. I have had some hard times this year but it has ended up more or less ok and you have all been here for me through it all even if you didn't know it. I can't thank you all enough for just being there for me. I love your comments so much. :heart: And your notes :heart: I love to chat so please feel free to write to me anytime :heart:
So here come the pictures. If you see anything you like please take the time to let the artist know. I'm sure they will appreciate it. There are a couple of pictures here by :iconannakirsten: who needs our love and prayers at the moment. 


Foretoken by Trippy4U     BA - Winter's warmth by BoudiccaAmat     Polar express by ElenaDudina     Zwoelfender by Megan-Arts    

     Serenity by DalfaArt        Untitled by StonyStoneIsStoned2     Snow melody by DalfaArt


        Lormet-Holiday-Decoation-0188sml by Lormet-Images    After The Battle by Digitalzauber    Last play of color by AStoKo    Elegy by aspruli    

The sky has never been cloudy like THIS. by AmyKPhotos    Candy Cane Lane by Nikonfinest    The Kelpies by Crannogphotographic    Withstanding It All by fotomademoiselle    Heathcliff by richardcgreen   

    . by 4ajka    Parisian Lovers by artamusica    Pioggia di luce by Francy-93   
Reflections by MaaykeKlaver      V by LidiaRossana       

Feathers surreal by AStoKo by AStoKo       Christmas Pug by ScribalWriter      ...The call of Evil... by WhimsicalBlue       
Snow Queen by GrimDreamArt      Early Morning Light by Kaeley   

Fallen by Kaeley    Winter kingdom by Tatyana-Sanina    Merry Christmas by serel    A touch of blue by gigi50  

For winter II by marrgit          Blue Still by Metal-Bender          Fairy dust by syliou          Epines by Herculanum   

Surrounded by RubySummit     Creating Stars by serel   We are all made of stars by thedaydreaminggirl   Parc de Versailles(Bosquet de lEncelade) by EmberRose95   Sunflowers by NataliyaBohdana   

    Go with the flow by dashakern   A Police Box by Miarath       

A visit to the lake by Ivoryia    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...animation by ansdesign   Bon Noel by jennystokes       Crazy daisies by RezzanATAKOL   

Joy To The World by LUCILALEYLA   Nikon FG by Marloeshi   Old boots, dot art by rougealizarine   Winter Wonderland 2015 - New Sugar Creation by theresahelmer    

Come with me by dashakern    Reflecting the Mood by AlicesPlace        Down the memory lane... by bindii    Rusting Place by EvaPolly   

Trauma by Limeandrum    Song Of The Sea by IdaBarracuda   Misty by Annabelle-Chabert    Blues by Nelleke   

Just the two of us by AnnaKirsten   Snowland V by Aenea-Jones    Forest Hunter by Mocris    ... by EKukanova    Leah by Trippy4U  

sweet as maple by fotomademoiselle   Eye Contact by Nikki-vdp       The Black Forest by TheJessPaige   For someone else by SilverMixx  

Petit univers by CleaLlyfr   Wild field by LidiaRossana   Tears of Fall by nehab16       

True Colors by BWilliamWest    poisonous perfection by ColorfulLadybug   winter is coming by ColorfulLadybug   Killing Chronus by RoseCS   

Winter wonder land by aamarypaige98      Through Herbie's Eyes by TeaPhotography   Streaching :-) by Nataly1st   

140 by natajla    Lila by GirlinTranslation   a bit of my heart stays there by hekla01  

colorful nature by ColorfulLadybug    When your all alone by Nikonfinest      Colouring the Winter by Liudochka  

Solovki by Liudochka    Maison forestiere XVIIIe s Perigord by ClairObscur16   Cuddle by Nikki-vdp   did you ever know that you could be beautiful by lovemyscars    angelic by IreneHorvath   

Crystals by Juanilla    Lilac music of the sunset by dashakern   Wolf by linneaphoto   Wild Forever by whispersoftheblue   

life is magical! by lovemyscars    Mists Descending by AnnaKirsten    Pink cosmos by Mogrianne   Magical night by StonyStoneIsStoned2    

Thank you very much for taking the time to look through these art works. I know it was quite a big feature but I wanted it to be right up to date as it will most likely be my last feature of 2015. 
So please give these artists some love and appreciation. 

It only remains for me to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 
Merry christmas everybody Christmas Emote Christmas Dance :bademoticon: christmas wave Christmas Carol :lights: :lights: :lights: Christmas emoticon :bademoticon: Reindeer Divider 
May it be full of love, joy and happiness. Remember to let your loved ones know that you love them. :heart: 
I send you all so much love :heart: :huggle: :hug: 
Keep creating, keep having fun and keep loving. Spread that love :heart:





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:iconfotomademoiselle:
fotomademoiselle Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for including my photos, dear friend. :hug:
I love what you wrote. Your Christmas memories all sound very warm. I wish you lots of peace, warmth, and laughter in 2016! :heart:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you my dear Alisha :hug:
i hope your year brings you love, joy and happiness :heart: :hug:
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empellina Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, dear Lawrence, for featuring me in this amazing collection. I so appreciate it. I want you to know your support and friendship has meant a great deal to me. Have a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year. :tighthug:
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:iconboudiccaamat:
BoudiccaAmat Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My very belated thanks to you for featuring one of my pictures in this wonderful collection.  My thanks also for your kindness and generosity of spirit and for choosing to share your beautiful images here with us.
Bless you ℬ♥'s
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure B :heart:
It is a joy to see your pictures dear friend :huggle:

Happy New Year :hug:

Happy New Year 2011 
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:iconboudiccaamat:
BoudiccaAmat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy 2016 to you! :) 
ℬ♥'s
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:iconrezzanatakol:
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Thank you so much dear Lawrence:huggle:
I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year:huggle::heart:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:huggle: :heart:

A very Happy New Year to you too dear friend :heart:

Happy New Year 2011 
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:iconrezzanatakol:
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Many thanks dear:huggle:
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:iconmockingbirdontree:
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
Thank you so much for featuring my "Christmas Tree".
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure dear Pia :hug:
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:iconmockingbirdontree:
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
You are so kind. :)
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: :hug: :)
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:iconmelusine8:
Melusine8 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful journal Lawrence! Happy holidays! :heart:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Isabelle :hug:
A Happy New Year to you :heart:

Happy New Year 2011 
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RoseCS Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Amazing Journal! Thank you for including my work!Snowman fella- Happy new year (Messages) Cheers fella white-wine (party) 
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Rose :)
My pleasure :hug:

Happy New Year 2011 Cheers fella (party) 
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TheJessPaige Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Student Photographer
read the whole feature word to word! Such a great, positive and christmassy journal :) Christmas is certainly a special and kind time of year
Hope you had a fabulous ChristmasSnowy 
Thank you ever so much for the feature

:HappyNewYear: Happy New Year LJ! And lets hope it's a good one  :HappyNewYear: 
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Jess :hug:
im glad you liked it :)

A very Happy New Year to you too :)

Happy New Year 2011 
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:iconmarloeshi:
Marloeshi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Thanks a lot for including my photo! :heart:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Marloeshi :hug:
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:icon4ajka:
4ajka Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Дорогой Лоуренс, это интересная коллекция!
Безупречный вкус.
Спасибо за выбор моей скромной работы.
Прими мои поздравления с Рождеством!
Будь здоров и весел!
С большим уважением. Лара.
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Это мое удовольствие Лара
Я надеюсь, что вы прекрасно провели Рождество
Я желаю вам счастливого нового года
много любви к тебе, мой друг
Лоренс

:hug:
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:iconandaelentari:
Andaelentari Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the feature! :hug:
great work here! :clap:
and great words as well :)
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Elizabeth :hug:

my best wishes to you :hug:
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:iconbrightstar2:
BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Best Wishes for 2016,.....Merry christmas everybody 
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Donna :hug:

I wish you all good things in 2016 :D
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:iconbrightstar2:
BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Thank you, :hug: gonna experiment with my new camera :HappyNewYear: 
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SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, too! :huggle: You're honestly such a lovely person, I really do hope all the best for you and your friends and family in the coming year.
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww: that's such a sweet thing to say :heart: :hug:
i hope your Christmas is great fun and full of love :love:
much love to you and wishes for all good things for the New Year :hug:

Christmas Dance :merry christmas: 
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thedaydreaminggirl Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015   Photographer
Dear Lawrence, may you have a wonderful christmas time with your beloved once. Glad to have you here on deviantart. :heart:
Also thanks for including me in this feature. :sun:

Best wishes Daniela :hug:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you my dear Daniela :hug:
i hope you are having a lovely Christmas :)

i am so happy that we have met here on dA :hug:
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hekla01 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful, dear lawrence:)
thank you for including my foto in this wonderful feature! have a wonderful time!:hug:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear Renate :hug:

you have a lovely time too :)

Christmas Dance :merry christmas: 
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :santa:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Terri :)

A very Merry Christmas to you too :D

Christmas Dance :merry christmas: 
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you too Lawrence :hug:
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CRG-Free Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A Christmas Carol is your favorite also? I'm literally listening to it right now. It's about half way through I think. I'm on the later parts of The Spirit of Christmas Past. Fran just died and now Scrooge and his love are breaking up.
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a great story 
I never tire of it

Christmas Dance 
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:iconcrg-free:
CRG-Free Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Same I have watched it probably over a dozen times the past 2-3 weeks.
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:icontatyana-sanina:
Tatyana-Sanina Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for beautiful feature, Lawrence. I wish you all the best this Christmas Christmas Carol Two 
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Tata :hug:

a Merry Christmas to you :)

Christmas Dance :merry christmas: 
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:iconwhispersoftheblue:
whispersoftheblue Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Merry Christmas Sign Custom heart [Crystal Blue] 
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Trinity :heart:

a Merry Christmas to you :)

Christmas Dance :merry christmas: 
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LuckySpirit14 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
Beautiful post Lawrence! I agree Christmas was always about love and happiness and magic for me.... I always looked forward to the lights, making food and being around family. Happy Holidays to you! I hope the new year is full of blessings for you! I too have met some of the kindest people here, where as in my own town I've met very few. I consider it a blessings that I found DA and have met so many wonderful people including you! :-)  I hope you have a great Holiday!!!
 Merry christmas everybody Christmas- Deerling 
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww: thank you Lucky :huggle:
its a pleasure to have met you here :)
i wish you a Merry Christmas
i hope it is full of love :love:

Christmas Dance :merry christmas: 
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LuckySpirit14 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
:-)
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IdaBarracuda Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hee, this was a nice post. And thanks for the feature! 

I have to agree on your point about receiving the greatest pleasure from giving to others. With me as well, it's growing stonger with age. I have always had a sort of ambivalent relationship with christmas - it brings out the loneliness in me and the longing for a family of my own, longing after my very few and even more distant friends. Then in the other hand I enjoy all the decorative lights and colors, snow if we happen to have any (though in Finland, here in southern parts we rarely have any) - and evening walk through a snowy city in christmas time, awww my favorite! Oh and of course chocolate in any form. I've given myself a permission to have some chocolate every day through December :D 

This year me and my spouse's Christmas card project got some epic proportions. For the first two weeks almost, we spent planning an idea for the card (I know! How hard can it be?!). One test piece came out that was a utter failure. Quickly came another one that we photographed one whole night and spent the following day and night in Photoshop.
Time was running out and we decided to send the cards to be printed in a local printing shop. Which said to need three days printing the cards. After receiving the cards it was far to late to send them via post office.

So what did we do? Drove into the night like Batman and Robin with a stack of cards. And just be sure things weren't too easy, we wanted to hand out the cards *secretly*. Thanks to this Facebook generation, nobody knows anybody's home  addresses and in some cases not even their own, so hunting down some of out targets was a bit of a pain in the ass. But we did it. Every damn person who we could name got a card straight into their mailboxes/doorsteps. That project alone was one big christmas present for me :D 


Merry holidays Lawrence. Christmas- Pikachu Elf 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha
thats wonderful :D
the best thingbive read for a while 
congratulations on getting your cards delivered
i am very impressed :)

Merry Christmas

Christmas Dance :merry christmas: 
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IdaBarracuda Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
:slowsanta: 
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