9th December 2021 Mrs Annie R Teo
It is December again, and we can feel Christmas coming; at least, that’s how we feel at our weekly Pippin art class. This time we were given a Christmas tree to paint with acrylic and embellish with clay, pearls and, of course, some sparkles we would not have done without.
There are four students in the class, and as each of us progressed, we literally poured our heart into our work (Oxymoron!) I could not help but notice the difference in style and colours. I would say that Beena and I are a bit more conventional with our choice of colours: both our trees are green. Shedrin and Voonie belong to a younger generation (or perhaps a couple of them?) and ventured quite naturally into bright pink, yellow, and creative shades of green to deliver unique and festive trees. All this brought me to reflect on what a Christmas tree is supposed to look like.
In Germany and northern Europe, the Christmas tree is an evergreen conifer (never naked through winter), fir or pine. When snowing outside in December, most trees only have bare branches to offer. Bringing a fir tree into the home certainly provides hope for the rebirth of Nature, not to mention a wonderful scent.
Evergreen trees have been brought into the home since ancient and pre-Christian times. Still, around the sixteenth century, the present tradition spread in Germany. By then, ornaments were hung onto the branches: paper flowers, dried fruit such as apples, tinsel, and later garlands and candy canes. The star became a representation of the Angel Gabriel or of the star of Bethlehem. The tree brightened up the home and the spirits of its dwellers and visitors.
So, would you guess which one of us painted each tree? But hey! This is art! But still? Each painted the Christmas tree based on one’s feelings, and each of our trees burst with beauty and shine. Their bright colours spread cheer and hope while reaching for the sky and holding a star. We all painted with our hearts, so how indeed could we go wrong? I painted my tree for my grandson to keep. I know he’ll love it; we both believe in magic, and there is so much of that around Christmas! The magic of love. I recently read that “All Christmas trees are perfect“, and they are!
Thank you, Shedrin, Beena, Voonie and even me, for letting me post your perfect Christmas trees.