Monday, 28 November 2011

Art Every Day Month: Day 28

Day 28 of Art Every Day Month, and only two more days to go! Even if it's not quite yet December, the Christmas season is already in full swing. Yesterday was the first advent, and there were numerous Saint Nicholas processions everywhere ringing (quite literally in some cases, see below) in the season. It's less than four weeks till Christmas, the Christmas lights and decorations are on everywhere. But somehow, I'm just so not in the mood yet. Don't know why, as I quite like this season, really. So I thought it would help if I sketched a Saint Nicholas, or "Samichlaus", as we call here (he's not quite the same as Santa, even though they look similar).

Hmmm, didn't really help much yet. Maybe if I added some colour? Some bright christmassy red, surely that would help?!

But alas!, my "Samichlaus" looks about as unenthusiastic about the whole business as me. And he also looks a bit undernourished. Maybe that's why he's so grumpy?  Hmmm, maybe I should get out my Dean Martin Christmas CD, or the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain one, maybe that will help to put some Christmas feelings into the air? 

Here some pictures of our local "Chlausumzug" (Saint Nicholas procession), complete with the bell ringers (I'm sure they never feel the cold, those bells must weigh a ton!), a whole truck load of Saint Nicholas', and even a bunch of junior ones too :)

According to the weather forecast, there should be some snow coming in the middle of the month. I hope we'll have some down here as well. That would most definitely put me in the mood for Christmas!


  1. I never attempt something like a santa because I know it would look like mutant santa... yours looks pretty cool I think... especially as you are working in the cold... sending you some warm sunshine from Australia xx

  2. I think your Saint Nicholas turned out great and thanks for sharing photos of the procession. One of my daughters-in-law is from Australia and has never had a pumpkin pie either. She said the thought of eating a vegetable pie sounds horrible. I'm thinking pumpkin is mostly an American item.

  3. Hee Hee. I think more people than usual are thinking of Christmas already (it is still November, you know?) I have certainly heard more people talking about it. Your procession looks a lot of fun, but you're right, snow will make a big difference. Don't tell anybody, but I went holly hunting in the woods and hills at the weekend, tried out some new lights in different places round the house and put some Christmas songs on my MP3 thing which I secretly listened to on the bus today! Shh...

    There is a small Christmas carnival here one night next week where I'm hoping to meet a couple who make wonderful decorations by hand, which will make a change from the usual store stuff.

    PS. I love your Santa even though he looks like he's waiting for a bus (I don't know why I think that!), but now I want to see a reindeer!

  4. Woops, I meant to give you a link..