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Christmas

Christmas cards and whimsical artworks characterize the Christmas collection.

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Christmas Surprise

The assignment from the Emmaus Group for the Christmas show of 2013 was to create a shadow box that portrays one’s best memory of Christmas. They were looking right at me when they said, “And it doesn’t have to be religious in any way.”
It couldn’t be helped, though, because as it turns out, my favourite memory of Christmas is Midnight Mass, December 24th, 2001. That was my very first experience of Christmas in a Catholic Church. (I’m weird, I know. I like Church.)
It began, as I was expecting, with a service of carols and readings – a completely ordinary Christmas celebration such as I had attended many times at Knox, where I grew up, and other places we’d gone when we were away for Christmas holidays.
This came to an end at the stroke of midnight, at which time someone came to the lectern and began to intone what I later learned was the Christmas Proclamation, which goes something like this:

The twenty-fifth day of December.
In the year five thousand one hundred and ninety-nine of the Hebrew calendar;
two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven years after the flood;
in the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;
the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;
the one thousand and thirty-second year from David's being anointed king;
in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;
in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome;
the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
the whole world being at peace,
in the sixth age of the world,
Jesus Christ
the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since his conception,
was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary, being made flesh.
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

After a time of silence in which the meaning of these things sank in, the choir sang out joyfully, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and the procession began. Altar boys carried the incense, the Crucifix, and the candles. A reader carried the Book of the Gospels. Others who assist the priest on the Altar followed behind, and finally, the priest himself, all in white, and carrying a life-sized image of the Christ Child, which he placed lovingly in the empty manger that was waiting at the foot of the Altar.
It was in that moment that I understood why it’s called “Christmas,” and so, with this piece, I wish all of you a Merry Christ Mass.

Judith McRae, BFA

NOTE: This piece is not available. I took it apart after getting it back to the studio because it was way too big to keep. I may re-create some version of it at a future time, but the original remains only in pictures.

Mary Overshadowed

The Nativity

Just Buy Something

Shelob and John Wayne

"Et incarnátus est" - 2012

Media: Chalk pastel on paper

Size: 11x14 inches

Printed and available as Christmas cards. (Details to come.)

"The Nativity" - 2012

Media: Chalk pastel on paper

Size: 11x14 inches

Printed and available as Christmas cards. (Details to come.)

"Just Buy Something" - 2004

Media: Acrylic on canvas board

Size: 8x6 inches

Value: $30.00

Text says

  • Merry Christmas
  • Merry Xmas
  • Happy Hannukah
  • Seasons Greetings
  • Nevermind - Just buy something - we don't care why!!

"John Wayne Kills Shelob in
the Christmas Centre Piece." 2004

Media: Acrylic on canvas.

Size: 20x16 inches

Value: $400.00