Monday, 15 September 2008

Thinking Christmas

I realize that it is only the middle of September; however, I am already thinking about Christmas -- particularly, Christmas and holiday greeting cards!

So, I have been working on new icons for Christmas.

The first one is the Adoration of the Magi (also known as the three kings) who are said to have followed a particular star that they believed foretold the birth of a great king.

As most of you know, the story goes that three astronomers of the time (they were actually a mix of ancient astronomers/astrologers), probably living in the area that is near present-day Iran, decided to follow the star and see the new-born king. They carefully observed the night sky and followed the star all the way to ancient Palestine where they found the child and his mother and adored him, giving him precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The second Christmas icon I have done is the Adoration of the Shepherds.

As the story goes, shepherds were watching their flocks in the fields outside the town of Bethlehem -- the place where the prophecy said the Messiah was to be born. Suddenly, angels appeared in the sky above them shouting and singing out the news that a Saviour had been born in the City of David, Bethlehem.

The shepherds rushed to see if what the angels had told them was true. They found Mary, Joseph and the baby resting in a stable with the animals as the local inns were all filled. Since there was no bed for the baby, they had wrapped him in clean cloth and laid him on fresh straw in a manger (a feeding trough for the animals).

When the shepherds saw the baby, they knelt in adoration.

The old Greek word for adoration is
which actually means "worship".

I have also done a non-religious drawing for use as a holiday greeting card, but I will wait and show that one to you next time.

May peace be with you.

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