Friday, 21 December 2012

Christmas Bauble/Ornament

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, even though the days leading into it are very hectic at times.  This year hasn't been any better, especially with the recent tragedy here in the United States.  Therefore, I'm posting an ornament I made back in 2005.

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
When I was Head of St. James Episcopal School, here in Del Rio, Texas, my faculty members were invited to dress die-cut snowmen to hang on a garland trim over our school office door.  I was blessed to work with a very creative group, so everyone had fun with this project.  I designed a miniature Bishop's chasuble, mitre, and crosier to dress my snowman as St. Nicholas of Myra, the Patron Saint of Children in many Western cultures.  I cut the pieces by hand out of red, yellow, and green construction paper.  I also used a scrap of orange to cut out a carrot nose.  Then, I used a sharpie, as well as a brown marker, to do all the detailing on the vestments and snowman's body.  Finally, I glued the pieces together.

This post is in memory of the victims, but especially the children, of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, in Newton, Connecticut.  In the words of St. Nicholas, "The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic Gods giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves."  May the Peace of the Lord be with you.


12 comments:

  1. I bet the garland was atunning, I love your St Nicholas! I hope you have a peaceful and joyous Christmas with your family Arnoldo. x

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  2. Your Christmas ornament is wearing well Arnold. I love the vibrant colours and the pretty detailing. Our thoughts are with those poor families who have lost loved ones. I for one will count my blessings this year. Happy Christmas to you and your family Arnold x

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  3. The little Nicholas ornament is fab! Here is Germany the children all celebrate 'Nikolaus' on Dec. 6th, and put there shoes in front of the door for him to fill! Valerie

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  4. I wish I could see the whole garland it must look amazing if your snowman is anything to go by! he's great!

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  5. Great colors! Very festive!

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  6. I just love this, Arnoldo. He's like a snowman bishop - and it's darling. It keeps the very serious and sacred in a fun light, and that shows God's goodness in a really special way. I wish you a very blessed Christmas, Arnoldo. Your art is such a blessing to me!
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday

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  7. Beautiful decoration and a heart felt sentiment that I'm sure many of us echo :0)

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  8. That is an unusual outfit for a snowman. Sounds like you worked with a creative group. The tragedy in Newtown is heartbreaking. I have family there, and while my 2 little nephews are safe, everyone's lives have been changed forever.

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  9. Beautiful St Nicholas, I work in a school, and it makes you so aware of looking after those kids( even if, as in my case, some of them are nearly 6 ft tall!)

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  10. I love your unusual snowman! All the best to you and yours this Christmas :o)

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  11. Amazing detail . Love the addition of the carrot nose. Hope you have a very happy Christmas. Mrs A.

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