Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Cards and Images

We save out of print and out of copyright images for use in craft projects, as many of you do.  Here I have put together a little gallery of some of my favorite Christmas images, plus a few interesting Christmas cards.

The anticipation of Christmas morning is always so exciting ... no matter what age you are.  "Stockings hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there ..."

These next two are one-of-a-kind Christmas cards from a couple of famous artist-illustrators.  The first is from Howard Brodie, American Illustrator Hall of Fame member, famous for his sketches of soldiers in three wars (WW2, Korea & Vietnam) as well as courtroom sketches of some very high profile cases.  The second is from Jean Charlot, a protege of Diego Rivera who studied in France and Mexico before settling in Hawaii.  He has won the Caldecott award for his children's book illustrations.

Have a Happy Holiday Season.

And being from the Hawaiian Islands, where we celebrated a "green Christmas" every year, here is a Hawaiian greeting.  As the song goes:   
Melekalikimaka is the thing to say, 
on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day ...
 Melekalikimaka is Hawaii's way, 
to say Merry Christmas to you.

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