*Many of you will remember my husband’s tradition of saving the stump of our family’s Christmas tree every year, and carving it into the form of a creature. Each creature represents a sustaining memory of something significant to us in that year. When he has completed the carving, he cleverly inserts a penny with the year’s date into the bottom of each little sculpture, to document its year.*
The painting above is a still life of some of his creatures, that I painted as a gift for him.
This year’s carving honors the memory of Lillith, our beloved feline hellion . She recently passed on at nearly twenty- one years of age. We miss her very much.
Below is sampling of carvings from years past. So far he has created one piece for every Christmas we’ve been married-thirty one in all.
Cool I love it
I’m a little late, but what a romantic family tradition! I love the inclusion of a coin from each year. I love it
Never too late:) Thanks so much!
What a marvelous tradition. (I am sorry for the loss of your kitty.)
Amazing images. Impressive carvings….
Thanks very much, Neman.
What a wonderful tradition! I love his carvings.
Thank you! I’ll pass it on.
Lovely pieces – wonderful to see how the tradition lives on with you both.
Thank you, Mary:)