I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...


Monday, November 23, 2009

Universal "Santa"

Part of the Christmas display in PPG's Wintergarden includes a display of "Spirits of Giving from Around the World" and oil paintings representing 16 countries. Each life-sized Santa is robed in their own traditional apparel and is accompanied by an original oil painting which depicts a holiday celebration in the country which the Santa represents. There is also a little display book with a summary of the holiday celebration and traditions for each Santa exhibit. The countries represented include America (Kris Kringle and Santa Claus), China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Latin America, Russia, the Middle East, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway and Ukraine.

France. Doesn't he remind you of one of the "Three Wisemen" from Christmas pagents? I think he's great!

Great Britain. Can someone say "Gandalf" (The Green)? Tolkien was from Great Britain, right? Perhaps this was part of his inspiration when he created Gandalf.

Ukraine. (Silvia, it was sooo cool to get to see part of your Christmas folklore!)

Haiti. Just look at those festive colors! But honestly, how realistic is it for the mother of a newborn to walk around delivering fresh rolls to families? I guess a mother's gotta do what a mother's gotta do.

Italy. Isn't she simply terrifying?!!? I remember being freaked out by her when I was younger!

But in the picture she's quite beautiful - someone with my kinda artistic talents must have made the model. But purple nailpolish? Yikes!

And of course - America's Kris Kringle!

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