The scene is said to have been painted by a person with a rare mental disorder. One psychiatry professor discovered a feature in this eerie painting that reveals the patient's disorder, but today we are not sure what feature holds the key to solving the mystery.
One respondent at the famous Metafilter site on the subject remarks: "All the children on the sleighs are staring quietly at the painter, while the sleighs seem to be carrying on at full speed. I find that absolutely horrifying."
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