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Jennifer Prestholdt

Jennifer Prestholdt
Minneapolis, Minnesota,
February 25
Human rights lawyer, wife, and mother of three. (Not necessarily in that order.) I write about my experiences in fighting for human rights and how I am trying to bring those lessons home to my kids. Join our journey at, Humanrightswarrior on facebook and @JPrestholdt on Twitter. All material on this blog is © Jennifer Prestholdt, 2011, 2012


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DECEMBER 2, 2011 9:07AM

A Photo Tribute to George Winston's December

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This time of year always reminds me of George Winston's December.  I used to listen to it in college when I was studying for finals.  I'd play it on my cassette deck, rewind, then press play again.  But the music often made me visualize things that weren't on the pages.

George Winston's December set the perfect tone for studying.  Calm and clear, but with the slight urgency of Night: Part II Midnight.  It also carried a hopeful hint of the excitement of the holidays to come.  The album actually came out several years before I went to college, but I didn't  discover it until my freshman year.  Snow was new to me, too.  I grew up in Louisiana, where once or twice I remember them calling off school when the temperature went below freezing.

The first time I really experienced snow was in December of 1985.  It started snowing late one night during Reading Period and Yale's entire freshman class seemed to erupt onto Old Campus.  Huge, wet snowflakes drifted down and coated the lawn or swirled sideways and up, as if in a snowglobe.  Someone put their speakers in an open common room window, Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons blasting from the stereo. I still think of that night and the laughing, shadowy figures dancing  in the softly falling snow. It was magical - the kind of night where you would kiss a stranger out of sheer joy and beauty.

A massive snowball fight erupted before long.  Having never made a snowball before, I was at a distinct disadvantage.  I took a direct hit eventually and had to go inside to melt the packed snow from my ear canal.  "Probably for the best," I thought. "Finals are starting soon."

So, as musical commentary on the seasons, I think George Winston wins hands down over Vivaldi.  When I listen to George Winston's December, I've always pictured scenes from the outdoors - nature and, oddly enough, happy children. This year, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the release of George Winston's December, I decided to document the waning of autumn and waxing of winter with photographs.  

 Thanksgiving - Lake George





Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head












Carol of the Bells




Part I. Snow




Part II.  Midnight




Part III. Minstrels




Variations on the Kanon by Pachebel 




The Holly & The Ivy



 Some children see him

Some Children See Him








A Christmas Song




Sleep Baby Mine


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Going from Louisiana to New England must have been a bigger adjustment than going from hot and humid to cold and snow. You write beautifully, and I really liked your photos accompanying the song titles. They put me to reminiscing about the beautiful art work on LP covers. There is no parallel when an MP3 is downloaded. Thanks for this. R
Thanks for your kind comments, Rodney! I'd take MP3 over cassette tapes any day but I do miss the LP experience.
This trip brought me gold in the form of my enjoyment.
Heady praise, coming from you Algis! Thank you so much.
Lovely piece, beautiful photos. Thank you for brightening my day.
Thanks for reading and commenting, Erika!