This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season. The month of December brings us Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It is a month of festivities and reflection. Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season appears once a year in month of December and is always a favorite. From now until the end of the year, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create for this season of celebration.
Christmas is special to most of us. As a child, making the trip into town for the holiday shopping with my parents was an adventure of lights and store fronts. In those days, trips to town were rare. The streets were decorated in lights and all kinds of Christmas finery. It was a child’s adventure.
Today every house has a yard full of Christmas plastic stuff. Then only Christmas trees were in most homes, and sometimes a wreath on a door. These were in the days before the big box stores; a day when shop keepers decorated their stores with all kinds of wonderful joys to trigger the imaginations and dreams of children. Downtowns were alive.
There were times in my childhood when money was tight; as it is now for many families. Daddy and Mom would make our gifts. I wonder if artists are the only ones who still make gifts. I remember one Christmas when the dollies we saw and wanted could not be purchased. Daddy made a cradle for the one we had and Mom sewed new clothes for our dolls and a bed spread for the cradle. We were so excited Christmas morning with all the new things for our dollies; there was no disappointment we loved our gifts. We had had our dreams of new toys, but loved the things we had gotten just as much because wanting was as much fun as getting.
Maybe someday when I grow up, I will no longer need Christmas. For now I still live in the dreams of Christmas past, Christmas now and all the Christmas’ in the future, when wanting is as important as getting. It is the dream that is important.
As artists we are the dreamers. We live in the Christmas of our soul and like Santa we create. – Delilah Smith
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