Occupy Math’s Seventh Holiday Ornament Collection

topThis year, Occupy Math is presenting ornaments made with a recursive fractal method. As this is the seventh collection, we provide links for the earlier sets as well, below the fold. This holiday season is coming as we try to wind down the pandemic and endure the climate emergency. Do what you can about these planetary disasters, but also remember that the duties of charity and kindness lie on you as strongly as they ever have.

Ornament1The earlier collections!

Click on through to access the earlier collections. Occupy Math is always tinkering with his presentation, so no two posts are that much the same. They all have ornaments, though.

  • Ornaments from 2020.
  • Ornaments from 2019.
  • Ornaments from 2018.
  • Ornaments from 2017.
  • Ornaments from 2016.
  • Ornaments from 2015.

To make ornaments, print the fractals out on high-quality paper and then cut them out. Cut cardboard or styrofoam the same size. Glue one of the fractals to each side of the support, let it dry, and add a bent paperclip hanger to complete the ornament. Lamination may make a more durable ornament, if you have that capability. Here are some larger views to give you a better look before you download the PDF. Another possible method is to apply the sheets with glue to a sheet of cardboard and then cut them out. Glue the pairs back-to-back if you want double-sided ornaments and glue in a bent paperclip hanger if you need one.

Other Occupy Math Christmas Stuff

You might like the post Christmas math post about Santa’s fourth dimensional fingerprints. If you are stuck inside a lot this year, you may want to check out the Occupy Math activities index.

We are coming to the end of the pandemic, and lots of people are stressed to or beyond their limits. People trying to gather personal power have declared masks and vaccines to be evil plots. People have tried to get rid of the virus by passing laws the virus cannot be aware of. When people are stressed, they act in irrational fashions and are easier for unscrupulous leaders to explot and manipulate. There is not a lot you can do about this, but you can try to stay calm, speak the truth, and make the best choices you can for yourself and those in your care. Occupy Math has no cure or great wisdom, only a wish of the best of luck in making it to the end of this great trial. A joyful holiday season to you and a safe journey into the New Year!

I hope to see you here again,
So remember to wear your mask!
Daniel Ashlock,
University of Guelph,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics


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