Here is a Christmas Art slideshow that I made, synced to This Winter’s Night with Kevin Marks.
It is actually a hodgepodge masterpiece compilation with an essence of Christmas.
The shoes, painted by Vincent Van Gogh, remind me of humanity – and the paths each of us walk on our life journey.
I got this little image quote from someone earlier this week – I apologize because I cannot remember where.
This week I have also heard at least three people say they hate this time of year.
And those folks are NOT Scrooges either – not at all. They are just seasoned folks who have “been there, done that” too many times and I guess they like other holidays more.
Now sure, the Christmas season can be a joyful time too… with the sparkle of lights, great music, decadent food, reminder of Christ, sharing of gifts, parties, plays, musicals, classic movies, etc.
But let’s get real for a few minutes here.
The Christmas season can also be such a crappy time of year. Stress, pressure, bad memories, traditions that choke, longer days, missing loved ones, drinking too much, shopping too much, unadjusted expectations, obligations, travel worries, depression, etc. The truth is that this hustle and bustle season can have some down sides.
So with that in mind, I want to close with an image of Starry Night Over the Rhone by Van Gogh – because this painting always reminds me to keep all things in balance. Art historians have different takes on this work, especially because Vincent sent a description and preliminary sketch of it in a letter before he painted it.
But I like it for the simple things… the visual balance and how the two people seem lost in the vastness of the heavenlies. I enjoy it because of the glowing stars, and the entire sky reminds me of the very spiritual world we live in. It reminds me that we are not alone – because of that Christmas God came down – and how good it is that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
So… with about 11 days left until Christmas, let’s continue to find joy in some of the smaller things – let’s stop comparing – and let’s be intentional about doing things that help us glean more of the simple, natural beauty that can easily get missed.