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Art We Heart: Holidays

Tue Dec 20, 2011, 7:41 PM by mattdanna:iconmattdanna:
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:iconmattdanna:Some thoughts from Matt (mattdanna)

Being raised Roman Catholic, Christmas is a big ordeal for my family. On Christmas Eve, we would always celebrate Christmas with my Mom's side of the family and we would participate in this weird yankee swap gift exchange. It's such an evil game because only one person really ends up being happy with the gift they receive, and everyone else wants to strangle that person. Unfortunately, I always ended up with a gag gift.  On Christmas Day, we would go to church and then have my Dad's side of the family over for a gluttonous late lunch/early dinner.

I participated in these annual traditions for 21 years. Last Christmas was the first year I did not travel home for the holidays. I had just moved out to Los Angeles a couple months prior, and I thought it was a bit overkill to spend upwards of $600 for a cross-country flight home. Admittedly, the Holidays last year felt weird. Even though I had a lovely Christmas dinner with Heidi and her family and it was a nice relief avoiding all the travel plans, shopping, and cooking...it felt like Christmas passed right by without me even noticing. On a side note, it's difficult to get into Los Angeles' sunny Christmas spirit when I was used to the frigid winters of Massachusetts.

Looking back, the thing I missed most was the time I spent with my family. Whether that family time was spent around the dinner table or wrestling people in Best Buy over products like they're a bottle of water in the Sahara Desert, it was still nice to be around those you love. This year, I'm making the trip back home. :)

Happy Christmas 2008 by RobbVisionWhat about you! What's your story?
-What are your plans for the holidays?
-Does your family have any holiday traditions?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!






People

Mid-Winter's Night by Iardacilwinter's cry by WCS-WildcatElf by AlterEgoPhotographyMerry Christmas by lilhyperbabeWinter by elanordhCold Winter by FrozenStarRoLaughing Santa's by DuncanLIced Crystal Christmas Dream by lxrichbirdsfSanta Baby by DalaiHarmaSanta for good boys by vishstudioChristmas by youxiandaxiaCandy cane christmas by Ophelia-OverdoseChristmas snow by Mar-kaA Living Snowglobe by flashparade

Crafts

Winter Wonderland Keys by DrayokWinter by NikitaCosplayWinter sprite by BurlesqueMacabre:thumb274415188:Holiday Ornament by eerok1955WIP holiday crafts project pt 4 by amorningcupofjoWinter Wind Octopus by BlackMagdalenaBlue Agate Star of David Bracelet by FancyHeartDesigns

Nature

Not So Cold Anymore by trenchmakerthis winter.... by lovelycristinaDecorating the Christmas Tree by AmethystSkyesThese Winter Days by ForestGirlSnow Globe by aliwellesChristmas Tree by Hengki24Christmas Present is Here Today... by ChicaaaaaSnow by AlexWLFCSnow Covered Fence by StrandedAutumnChristmas Tree by DreAminginDigITalSnow Deer by fresh4uWinter Gryphon by windfalconSilent Watchers by TammaraNot Sleddin' by jollyjackA Christmas Coral by priteeboy

Literature

The Holiday SpiritWhy is it only 'the holiday season' that brings out the best in people?
'Peace on Earth' wishes
Goodwill toward all men
December melts the coldest hearts
Ironic for the coldest month
But why only then?
Why only light the night one month out of the year?
Why only open your heart one month out of the year?
Perhaps if the 'holiday spirit' could become synonymous with the 'human spirit'
We'd all be better off
All those 'Peace on Earth' wishes could become reality after all
snowA cold white blanket
snow drifting from house to house
the world sleeps.
:thumb254442652: Holiday MemoriesIt was a simple white bow, the kind you stick on gifts to make them look fancier. Most people would toss it in the trash with all the rest of the gift wrappings. But this bow... he could never throw it away, even now. He looks at it now, turning it over in his hands, remembering how happy that gift made her. The gift he dressed up with this cheap paper ribbon, bought for $2 at the local drug store. He no longer had the gift; that would stay with her always. He wanted to remember her that day, and was compelled to put the bow in his pocket as she admired him for the love he gave to her.
The gift didn't matter, but it made her feel loved. That's what mattered most, for she had a rough life and thought that no one would care. He put the bow on his desk and put his hand on her journal, the last words she would ever write. He flipped to that page and read it again. "Thank you" was all that it said, in deteriorated handwriting that stole everything away. He didn't want to remember what happe
Crystal SnowBlow on high,
dance now crystal snow
Light the painted sky
touch the Earth below
Shimmering stars,
gentle flakes descend from heaven
Wisps of god-wrought joy
their blessings now are given
Fall so fair,
Heaven's boldest wings brought low
Blow on high
fly now crystal snow
Exhale once more,
the night now so alive.
Ghostly breath entwined below
above, a glorious sky
Snow globe scene,
a moment's grace suspended
Crystalline dreams
within a world so splendid
Blow on high,
fill me crystal snow
Embrace the glimmering trees
…and wake my slumbering soul.
:thumb150430728: Rain falls into mugsI remember when i was
holding your hand
alone in a room
with hot chocolate beside us
watching the rain fall down
it was great
because i had you next to me
I felt the warmth
seep into my heart
as you touched my hand and
held me as we talked
i felt just right
sitting there
with you
Even if your gone
im still
thinking of these memories
they're the only thing
that pass the time
on lonely days
I wonder where you are now
maybe dancing in the stars
i wish you were here
but it's okay
i'll pass these lonely days
with thoughts of you
holding this mug in my hand
and watching the rain fall


Holiday Activities

His First Snowman by Lady-Torihappy christmas by ranczandrasChristmas time by UberzersSnow by SweetochiiWinter Love by LittleSeaSparrow:thumb274043276::thumb44306992:Opossum Christmas by Silverfox5213:thumb274532779:Winter by Volandist

Festive Food (Om Nom Nom!)

:thumb274904843:Little bitty cakes by NeutroniaDelicious Gingerbread Dragons by The-SixthLeafCloverPenguin Cake by sparks1992Dutch Holidays cake by NaeraHappy holidays by lieveheersbeestje

Winter Wonderland

winter. by NDliciousWinter by theunderdogalmamaterWinter pastorale by uvar:thumb208193253:Winter by yelouLooking forward to winter by ZorooKoning Winter by CocoaDesertHeat Of Winter by Dani-Lefrancoiswinter sun by Mellkor:thumb270082141:Winter Church by uvarWinter Sky by erwinsart

Christmas

Making Christmas I by caithness155winter by ValentinaKalliasSnowman by aGuyFromPlevenChristmas. by HQheart..Christmas.. by fruitpunch1christmas lights by photoamateur77Happy Holidays by farhan169:thumb45554637:Christmas by minipadde



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Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Photographer
Happy holidays from Brazil! :hug:
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EveVictus Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful art! :)
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angelicCorpses Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Merry Christmas everyone! :hug: :heart:
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VoidQueenElishiva Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
I live in Florida, and I hate it when there's weeks of cold before and after Christmas, but the week of Christmas is warm and drizzly and overcast... like it is right now. I would rather have a properly cold Christmas (even Florida has cold winters), but if it's going to rain it should at least be an awesome thunderstorm like we usually have. But nooo.
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Stef-z Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Great selection! I loved this <3
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tayuya0044 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful art. Lolz, these are very inspiring. :D Advance Merry Christmas everyone!
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Artist1946 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I enjoyed seeing all of these. So many talents to inspire.
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spiderbob8ight Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for that
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saxeh Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
where is mine :iconk-noesplz:
and happy life for all :iconla-snowplz:
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Mollykittykat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I remember when one year, when I was into crocheting items. I made the mistake of putting yarn on my christmas list. I was happy to see my packages multiplying under the christmas tree.
BUT...
Upon christmas eve, when I opened them up. What I found was packages upon packages upon packages of mostly just yarn. Not much else. :O_o:
I guess I should have seen that coming.
what do you think?
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