Just love it! Like Santa because he has a triangle hat, a triangle moustache and a triangle beard. And Mrs. Claus has a Triangle body. Also can you see it is obvious this child has curly hair herself because of how she handles curlicues for both curlybeard and furry boottops.
Hi, I’m old Santa! Merry Chrismes.
I’m and elf on rodogh. (Lace has read so much, I think she’s 7 here, that she’s got the ph down for the “f” sound).
Hi! I’m Mrs. Claus. And I make cokieyes. (Again, she has the “y” consonant for “i” sound).
re: cookie baking and the Mrs.’s often making the holidays as much work as possible
- So Lace, thanks for noticing that Mrs. Claus is in there baking all those cookies and usually solo I might add. Graves Family tradition was:
- cookie press green almond butter wreaths with tedious cherry bows
- nutty nougats (individually rolled in sugar with about 30% loss if done too quickly before cookies cooled)
- iced sugar cookies (don’t even need to say a word about how much work for anyone who makes these not to add how my detailed decoration doubled the time)
- and Adams addition of peanut butter balls (that Jack ate as fast as I could roll).
- The point is, Jack and Lace soon realized it was an all-day ordeal and the value for going feeding with dad and cheerfully doing barn duty for a good part of those days! I got some help from both, but Jack seemed to mysteriously disappear along about in Jr. High. So relieved I don’t have the cookie press with me this year.
EXTRA ANIMAL LEGS, GOOD TO HAVE SOME SPARES
And both of the kids (see Jack’s below) have at least one extra leg. I agree, when you look Rudolf and all the reindeer it gives the impression that there are a million sets of legs there carrying all those toys.
PUPPET??? (Lace will have to explain this).
I have no idea why the puppet is there except that there was an old puppet theatre in the basement that the kids would play with at mom’s. He has has a triangle hat. Actually, in looking at the strings and bar above, it might have been one of our old marionettes from those shows we did at the Nelson Gallery where we made our own puppets.
So here’s Jack’s..he is five.
I am trying to get back to this level of simplification that I fear I never had in making everything so complicated. I do not know what the simple lines are at the left, but maybe he was perfecting the sleigh because they do usually have that roll in the front.
In the middle picture:
Santa has Rudolf sitting on the front of the sled which I think is great. Rudolf needs a break and frankly, if Santa’s sleigh isn’t self-powered then who’s really is? Love the circle, edited bag of toys.
On the top right picture:
Santa (in both) has some nice rosy cheeks and his bag is bigger as is sleigh. Because the kids grew up on a ranch with deer munching our trees we tried to plant in the yard as well as eating all of our alfalfa, Jack has seen lots of antlers. Plus, when deer hunters get a deer, they often leave the antlers so they are often in a pile all jumbled up and interlocked (like those gateways to Square in Jackon). So I like the way he deals with their intricacy and just makes a big locked up mesh. He looks like a pretty big Buck!
And again, Rudolf has at least 3 spare legs which can always come in handy when you are traveling the miles that he covers.
Okay, that’s it! I love them. Again, they would not be here if it were not for my mother Ginny Graves saying, “draw me a picture!” and “Tell me about your picture.” Good job Grandy GG.
Rudoph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh Saturday night!?