To most people, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without at least a few of these Yuletide traditions: sparkling Christmas trees, nativity scenes in public parks, celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ, Santa Claus with his long white beard, an exchange of gifts on Christmas eve or morning, mince pies and plum pudding, stockings hung by the chimney with care. Around the Trail of Painted Ponies office we ring in the holidays with one other tradition. Our annual Holiday Art Competition. The December call for original designs that will bring beauty, happiness, and Holiday cheer to the world when they are crafted into figurines and ornaments.
This tradition was started in 2004, with the introduction of four Holiday-themed Painted Ponies that celebrated Christmas in uniquely different ways. “Nutcracker” drew on imagery from the 19thcentury Russian ballet, as perfect in its detail as a Faberge egg. “Snowflake” reminded us of Christmas Eve snowfalls when we watched big lazy flakes drift through the night sky and dreamed of the Pony that Santa would surely bring this year. The angelic “Golden Girl” watched the hustle and bustle of life below from heavenly clouds above. “Christmas Clydesdale” imagined a Christmas sled full of laughing children being pulled down a snowy street by a reliable draft horse.
Nine years and thirty six Holiday Painted Ponies later, the tradition continues with this invitation to creative spirits wherever you may be to let your imagination enrich the Holidays-to-come, along with the lives of Painted Pony collectors who have made giving and receiving Painted Pony figurines and ornaments part of their Christmas traditions.
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Happy Trails and Happy Holidays,