The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Having finally regained the ability to move about, your humble narrator is loosed once more upon an unsuspecting borough, slaking his jaws and coveting quivering delights. A short trip (via subway) to Greenpoint yesterday evening to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the estimable Newtown Creek Alliance, and today- glory of glories- a walk down Northern Boulevard. My destination was in midtown Manhattan, but I dared not risk walking the entire way as normal habit would demand, so I caught a different train after scuttling from Astoria to Queens Plaza.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Along the way, I spied this inflatable representation of a snow homunculus, which grabbed my attention for some reason. It adorned the shanty market of some french Canadian Christmas tree merchant, in front of the former Pathmark supermarket which has recently closed at the corner of 43rd street. Curiosity arises in me about these people, who camp out in their lots and run gasoline generators for light and heat on the sidewalks. Not enough to actually try and talk to them, but I’m curious nevertheless.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Growing up Jewish, the only part of Christmas that was kosher in my house were snowmen. My grandmother would adjure on the entire subject of the goyem and their Christmas mishegas and confabulate “yoyzel on de cross” with “Sanda Klause”, a tradition which my mother would gladly carry on. Secular, my parents once went so far as to buy a little plastic tree a few years after my Grandmother passed away. My father spray painted it blue and white, and mom decorated it with dreidels and white tinsel, and they stuck a star of David on top. They insisted we call it a Hannukah Bush.

Personally, I always stuck to the snow homonculii, as nobody objects to them.


Written by Mitch Waxman

November 30, 2012 at 12:15 am

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  1. You know about the tale of the Japanese Department store that had a display with Santa Claus on a cross? It’s pretty famous that tale although some say it never was true. A true “urban legend”? In any event, the tale has inspired “copy catting” such as:

    here and here.

    My favorite holiday pastime is watching the Honeymooners marathon on New Year’s Day. That’s what I live for.


    November 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  2. I think the snow man is not quite humanoid enough and a bit too large to qualify as a homonculus but would be more accurately decribed as a golem. Frosty, for example, was brought to life through the magick hat with the tetragrammaton inscribed in it. A goyim golem? Just saying…


    November 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

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