Merry Christmas! It is that time again when two select flags get decked out with the Holiday Spirit. In this case the chosen two were West Virginia and Wyoming. These two flags are connected in a special providential way, as fraternal flag partners. Besides starting with the letter W, both states are home to mountaineers. On the fly-right side of the flag, they both have men with pick-axes and are standing in a unique American heraldic style.
The key link with flags is the border or frame, that connects these two states of the Mountain on the East Coast and the West Coast. No doubt, many a West Virginian would find Wyoming very welcoming, and vice versa. West Virginia is the penultimate state created during the US Civil War in the mother of all states, Virginia. Coincidentally Wyoming was the last state to be named after the Civil War. Consequently West Virginia carries the deepest of scars from that war amongst brothers, yet Wyoming is completely new, born in an America after the end of slavery. Likewise Wyoming was also created at a major cultural revolutionary point, whereby both genders were given the right to have their voices heard and lead.
For Wyoming, the Bison has been replaced with a Camel. In the seal the Equal Rights Goddess is dressed as the Christmas Shepherd's Angel harking to the shepherds, pointing out the Star of Bethlehem. The two supporting men are dressed, of course, as shepherds. Again the pick-axe has been turned into a shepherd's crook while the rope is now a shepherd's whistle.
Below are the official flags next to holiday designs for comparison. Merry Ho, Ho, and may the spirit of peace visit your heart.