The other day at work, a customer came in to have something framed as a Christmas gift. It wasn’t the first item he has brought us, and it isn’t the first year he has visited us.
Not one of the items he has chosen to frame, to give as a gift, have ANY monetary meaning. They don’t really even have any larger artistic significance. Indeed, I realized he mostly framed old calendar pages, in frames he bought at Goodwill. He just wants us to cut a mat and put it together, to make it look all clean and pretty.
To make this pedestrian bit of ephemera a GIFT.
And as I was packing it up, wrapping in brown snowflake-printed kraft paper, it occurred to me suddenly, HE KNOWS WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT.
I can imagine Christmas at his house. It ISN’T about the fanciest, the biggest, the most expensive, high-tech wowing overflow of gifts, the overwhelming chaos of boxes and ribbons.
There, in this house, there are probably board games, or puzzles to put together. There are cookies and treats, and hot chocolate and LAUGHTER. The phone rings and those gathered pass it around to talk to people who couldn’t be there today. Family and friends, gather around the table. Conversation. Laughter. Memories. Camaraderie. And, yes. Gifts. Not ‘break the bank’ one-upmanship gifts.
Just THOUGHTS. “I saw THIS picture, and THIS picture makes me think of YOU and I want you to think of ME when you walk by it hanging in the hallway in the middle of next May.”
I hope you receive, and give, gifts like that this holiday….. (in an odd coincidence, Gifts from the Attic Stairs, one of my most read blog posts, was posted EXACTLY 8 years ago…)
Happy birthday to my cousin Thomas and my son-in-law, Matthew.
These buildings are being built on the West Side of NYC, near 34th St. We were walking along the Highline this summer, and I saw this from a distance. I said to my husband it looked like a pine cone! We had to walk over to it to discover what it was and what it was called. (This structure is called The Vessel, but I WILL always refer to it as the PINE CONE. 😉 and will always be in the Christmas spirit when I see it!)
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WOW! 11 YEARS of Christmas Photo A Day!
I know (think? hope?) that you are all enjoying my tiny glimpse into Christmas…
Eleven years ago, the first year I did this, it was via EMAIL. I sent out email! To friends and family Who READ THEM, and responded! Such a quaint, old-fashioned thought!
Back then, “in the olden days” when people didn’t carry phones with more megapixels than the first dSLR I owned, before the GIF, or MEME, before everyone was a graphic artist…
It was a different time, a quieter time…. (goodness, this sounds like great-grandpa talking about walking two miles, uphill both ways through the snow, to school!)
But you know what? It was for ME as much as it was for you. I am a RETAIL Christmas person. I need to find the JOY in Christmas, “the peace on earth” under all it’s commercial nonsense. I NEED to know there is “goodwill toward men” out there! And so, here we are. This is the 10th year I have been posting images on the blog. *(search for old posts over to the right– CPAD or Christmas Photo a Day should lead you down the proper rabbit hole) I hope that the time and effort I put into this yearly endeavor is something that you have found value in, that you have looked forward to, and that you will SHARE these posts, encourage people to visit,
I am making it a bit commercial myself this year. I want to travel next spring–to Scotland, Ireland and Wales with a few of my friends. And the Lottery Fairy has yet to leave me the winning ticket under my pillow. I don’t see Santa being any more accommodating, (although I will hang my stocking like a good girl 🙂 )
Consider this a go-FUNd-me type of thing… but with the added bonus of ART! You get to buy something from my website,(CHRISTMAS GIFTS!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU) I get $$ to travel, take more photos to post on my website….rinse and repeat. (Obviously, I receive only a portion of the price you pay because of production costs, and none of the shipping— but I want to make my art affordable as well…)
TOMORROW IS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. I am a small business! (so are your LOCAL art galleries, who are ready and waiting with unique gifts of art… (tariff-free!)
Christmas Photo A Day starts back up next Saturday, December 1st. Don’t miss a single day–sign up for the blog, or on Facebook like The View From the Passenger Window.
And do, please, comment. And SHARE!!
Oh, dear. Christmas is OVER! Whoops. That shouldn’t have published. But since it did, I am editing and adding this… Is THIS how your Christmas went yesterday? Turn the volume up! Video….. Have your volume turned up.
Ten years of iPhones. Ten years since we “all” became Jimmy Olsen, roaming the world with our cameras in our back pockets. MANY of the photos that I have taken over the last 10 years for Christmas Photo a Day have been with my trusty iPhone; of course many have been with my dSLR or even, on occasion, with a FILM camera!! You long-timers will have begun receiving photos via EMAIL back in 2007; I think I formalized this in 2008… in any event, I am starting the tenth iteration of a small interlude of art—Christmases Past -a collection.
I hope you continue to enjoy this tradition for years to come. As always, comments are LOVED!
Good morning and WELCOME to Christmas Photo a Day, 2107! Originally, this was a little email experience for me to try to ENJOY the Christmas season! As a retail worker since 1989, the JOY of Christmas was sometimes subsumed by the chaos of the moment.
This means that if you do follow me there, you may NOT need or want an email any longer. I get it. It’s ok if you unsubscribe to the email. (there’s a button below)
BUT. Please continue to enjoy the photos! I post them not ONLY for my own enjoyment, but also to hear the wonderful comments!
And have yourself a merry little Christmas time!