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Sun Nov 9, 2014, 9:10 PM


                            THE STORIES OF CHRISTMAS ART PIECE by mertonparrish

"THE STORIES OF CHRISTMAS" ART PIECE, POEM AND GAME

Here is my annual Christmas art piece and poem, for your viewing and reading pleasure.  This year, I have added a Christmas game into the mix, as well.  Hopefully that is fun for everyone.  The piece is pictured above, the poem is directly below, then the game is posted below that, all in this journal entry.  You can also go to my gallery, where all three are posted separately, right at the top.

Now that I am back out in the world as a starving artist, writer, teacher and musical performer, I cannot really afford much in the way of Christmas presents.  So, I have spent a long time, many many hours, creating these special Christmas creations, which will be gifts for family (along with some other little special things).  I know it's not something fancy and expensive, but it is my hope that it will be special and capture the feeling and spirit of Christmas for all who receive it.

I hope that each of you, no matter your culture, country, religious affiliation, etc., have a wonderful holiday season. May this new year, despite all the appearances of chaos in our world, be filled with wonder, spirit, and all that you need and desire in love.  May the peoples of the world, despite all the negative efforts of the powers that be, come together, love each other, take care of each other, and turn our planet into a place of goodness, tolerance, peace, healing and joy! 

-Merton :)

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THE STORIES OF CHRISTMAS ART PIECE by mertonparrish

"THE STORIES OF CHRISTMAS" (POEM)
Merton Parrish, Christmas 2014, All rights reserved

The stories of Christmas have danced in our heads
Since when we were small and slept in our beds-
Dreaming of Santa and reindeer and sleighs,
Flying through skies, as we made our way

To Grammie’s house where there were presents galore
And treats that our aunts made, and oh so much more…
There were bubble lights brewing on Grammie’s big tree
As the color wheel spun there, for you and for me!

The sight that was Christmas, was ours to behold,
And it captured the feeling in the stories we were told.
For since we were babes, the tales were all sung
By grown-ups and angels; it kept us all young!

For how could we end up like Scrooge, the old miser,
If Santa and Rudolf and Frosty made us wiser?
How could we turn out all hopeless and sad
If Linus put his blanket ‘round the tree that looked so bad?

Yes, all of the stories still make us happy,
And we do not care if Scrooges call them sappy!
We’ll gather together this year, yet once more;
We’ll sing the old carols, to the world we’ll implore…

“Let not the fighting, the sadness and badness
Ov’r take us and make us all filled with great madness;
Let not the things we shut eyes not to see
Make us close hearts, and minds to Thee!”

The stories of Christmas are here to transform us,
To make of our world one which will not alarm us.
The stories of old, once again we embrace
So that we shall see love and joy on each face.

And maybe, just maybe, if that little Child,
In the manger of old, so meek and so mild,
Can enter our countenance, our hearts and our souls
Then we’ll start our new year, with an idea quite bold.

Yes maybe, just maybe, no matter what’s seen
On every cell phone, computer and TV,
We’ll not react with fear or with malice
and turn this old world into love, a true palace!

Oh could it be that Rudolphs and fairies
might just when we need it, help us to marry
Love and patience and all those old things
That we need right now, so all the world sings?

Together in one great song of elation
In one golden chorus of true transformation,
We’ll put an end to all that is selfish,
We’ll share all our gifts and be, well, quite “elfish.”

We’ll all find a way, to do what we love
And make of it gifts, sent to us from above.
And we’ll give these gifts to all those around us.
It won’t just be paychecks; it will quite astound us!

And when it’s all over, this world of sad songs,
We’ll look back and wonder why it took so long
For us to see, that if we’d just shared,
Laid bare our hearts, if we’d just cared…

There wouldn’t have been all the fighting and strife
If we’d just let each be themselves and take flight!
If we hadn’t made a world with such strictures
Hardly hiding all of the ego and mixtures

Of so many things not from above-
We needed to make a world of true Love…
Oh Jesus, oh Santa, oh Sugar Plum Fairy,
Help us, come to us, oh please do not tarry!

For if we are now to make of our lives,
Of our home here on earth one not filled with such lies,
We need your Spirit, your wealth of goodwill
To show us just what we must do, now, until…

The great day, it comes! Oh let it be soon!
Let us get ready for one great, big swoon!
For that shining Earth that’s spoken of in stories
From all of the peoples, oh bring forth the glories!

For it really doesn’t matter, if we call you Buddha
Or Allah or Jesus… or even Rudolph!
We all in our hearts know just what love is,
We know what it feels like, we know where “above” is…

Let us unite and celebrate our stories,
They are diff’rent and same, and that’s where the joy is!
It’s time now to see, what we came here to do
A wonderful thing, for me and for you.

We came to this place, in this special time
And perhaps just now, through story and rhyme
We can feel the breath of angels and sleighs
And make of this not the “End of Days.”

But instead a beginning, a new chapter in time
Where stories are celebrated, difference is sublime-
Difference, sameness, oh what a mystery
Mingling together, throughout all of history.

So now, all you characters, that fill up our stories,
We thank you, we love you, we see in you glory.
And in our hearts, we cherish the telling
Of the stories of Christmas, we receive your Blessing!


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THE STORIES OF CHRISTMAS GAME
Dear Fellow Deviant Art Artists, friends and viewers,
Here is the little game I have devised to go with this Christmas art piece, which will be a gift for various persons in my family, along with the poem, candy bars, etc....
Hope you enjoy it.  Have fun!
Merton :)
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“THE STORIES OF CHRISTMAS”
Art Piece and Christmas Game
Created by Merton Parrish
Especially for his dear ones, Christmas 2014
All rights reserved
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Can you find each character from our Christmas stories?
Cross off the dot, as you find each one…
• Baby Jesus (who is “the reason for the season”) in the manger
• Two Christmas elves, holding two books open for us
• Frosty the Snowman
• Santa Claus
• Saint Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus
• Two brothers, asleep on Christmas Eve, dreaming of Christmas morning
• A Fire in the fireplace on Christmas Eve
• The Sugar Plum Fairy


“THE STORIES OF CHRISTMAS” (GAME)

Created by Merton Parrish
especially for his dear ones, Christmas 2014
All rights reserved
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Can you find each character from our Christmas stories?
Cross off the dot, as you find each one…


• Baby Jesus (who is “the reason for the season”) in the manger

• Two Christmas elves, holding two books open for us

• Frosty the Snowman

• Santa Claus

• Saint Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus

• Two brothers, asleep on Christmas Eve, dreaming of Christmas morning

• A Fire in the fireplace on Christmas Eve

• The Sugar Plum Fairy

• The North Star, shining above the manger

• Christmas stockings hung by the fire, waiting to be filled by Santa Claus

• Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus

• The little, sad looking Christmas tree that Linus wrapped his blanket around

• Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

• A protecting angel, guarding two sleeping brothers on Christmas Eve

• Merton's little doggie, visiting us from heaven, by the fire, being petted by Frosty

• The storybook “Twas the Night before Christmas,” open to the first page

• The cattle at the manger

• A book featuring the hymn “While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night”

• Scrooge, his offering gold, which turns into “spirit bubbles” that evoke love

• The Three Kings with their gifts for Jesus

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auronstalker:iconauronstalker:
I'm really glad things are looking up for you Merton!
Fri Sep 27, 2013, 3:23 PM
Peter-The-Knotter:iconpeter-the-knotter:
Teenage son a bit "salty" then... judging by his journal code! ;)...
Sat Aug 24, 2013, 7:25 AM
Freak-Angel56:iconfreak-angel56:
Thanks for your fave!
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 3:02 PM
Freak-Angel56:iconfreak-angel56:
Thanks for your fave! :D
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 9:18 AM
mertonparrish:iconmertonparrish:
I will post that photo of the two series, after I put everything from the photo shoot away and get it edited.
Thu Aug 30, 2012, 2:51 AM
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Complete and Subcategorized List of Gallery Folders

*********** The Arts in Oil by mertonparrish ***********

Please click the art piece above (see its artist comment) for a complete, specially sub-categorized list of my gallery folders.

A Preview of my Gallery

Blue Boy by mertonparrishWinged Angel Male Altered Oil by mertonparrishBlue Boy by mertonparrish

Both this preview and the full gallery itself (detailed in the module above and found here mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g… contain my original art and lit in a wide variety of genres and mediums on the following topics:

art, the arts, the nature of art, practicalities related to making art, the nature of time, the beauty of the natural world, the awesomeness of the Universe, spirit, spiritual growth, New Thought, manifesting, alternative spirituality, theology, philosophy, eros, health.

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“THE ARTS” IN OIL:
(Representing my love of so many genres in the arts)
The Arts in Oil by mertonparrish

SELF-PORTRAITS:
Further Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishNew Vertical Smudged Me by mertonparrish

DIGITAL, COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS:
Yellow Bee Magnet by mertonparrishAntique Music Magazines by mertonparrish

PHOTO AND ART MANIPULATIONS:
Red Snake Goddess by mertonparrishDisembodied Figure 10 by mertonparrish

WRITINGS:
(See bottom of gallery (mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g… for letters/essays/poems)
THE THINKING CAP
THE THINKING CAP
Here is Merton's response, in verse form, to his friend and fellow poet Colornote's poem, I have a thinking cap. (http://colornote.deviantart.com/journal/44889574/ )
Thinking caps are cumbersome
when brooding over and over.
And weary artists, poets with pens
develop sore, bruised shoulders!
It's a heavy load to bear,
a worrisome hat to wear...
and does the world even care
or notice?
Maybe best not to think,
nor see, nor sow, nor shoulder-
perhaps depict only happy things
or just sit upon this boulder?
"Ow!  My head!" Mr. Gumby cries.
"A spider!" shouts Miss Muffet.
Shall we blithely paint and sing,
perched upon a tuffet?
Gumbys, Muffets, painters and such
(and all the reluctant prophets)
sat on a rock, rubbing their brows,
hesitant to get off it!
But then they each, mutt'ring "dare I?... a peach?..."
(and thinking of Mr. Eliot)
left the seaside, jumped off that rock
and wandered down the beach.
For poets and painters, psalmists and singers
know it is their lo
LONG LIVE POETRY MUSIC AND ART
LONG LIVE POETRY, MUSIC AND ART
an essay by Merton Parrish
THIS IS AN ESSAY PRAISING POETRY, MUSIC AND ART, WHICH WAS PROMPTED BY ONE OF MY DA FRIEND'S JOURNAL ENTRIES. IN HIS ENTRY, MY FRIEND PRAISED A POEM BY EDGAR ALLEN POE. THE ENTRY CAUSED ME TO REMEMBER MY FATHER READING MANY WONDERFUL THINGS TO ME AS A CHILD, AND TO WRITE THIS PIECE WHICH CONTAINS SOME GREAT LINKS FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT.
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My father, an English teacher, used to read Edgar Allen Poe's poem Annabel Lee to me when I was a little boy, along with many other things (including another poem called The Highwayman, which I bet you would like).  Oh how lucky I was to have such a father who read to me like this. I will always remember it.
In Annabel Lee, Poe speaks of his love who lived and died in her "kingdom by the sea."  Here is a lovely YouTube video featuring a fine reading of the poem and beautiful animation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swrriM1vuk8


ART/LIT PIECES ABOUT ME & THE HUMAN/ARTIST JOURNEY:
(Click on 2nd piece below & see its artist comment
for links to many pieces on this subject)
Its a Merton Sorta Life TCA by mertonparrishDEV ID with Merton Reader by mertonparrish

ORIGINAL THOUGHTS AND ART COMBINED:
Play YOUR song by mertonparrishSmile by mertonparrishUse your Time well 2 by mertonparrish

ART ABOUT CREATIVITY/THE CREATIVE PROCESS:
Inspiration from my Muse III by mertonparrishAm I what I Do G Rated by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY POETRY:
Sunflower Sutra by mertonparrishThe Highwayman by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY MUSIC:
Male Nude Harpist by mertonparrishFramed MixedMediaMusic Drawing by mertonparrishMusical Male Recycled Collage by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY:
Hermit Energy Series Piece 1 by mertonparrishHermit Energy Series Piece 3 by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS:
Male Aztec Fantasy Character by mertonparrishCentaur Colored Pencil by mertonparrishAltered AncientCiv Gold Leaf 1 by mertonparrish

PAINTINGS:
Moon Buddha by mertonparrishTrust Ask Adapt Change in Oil by mertonparrishGreen Angel in Oil by mertonparrish

DRAWINGS:
Light at the End of the Tunnel by mertonparrishWe Two Together Clinging by mertonparrish

ALTERED DRAWINGS:
Pan Pastel by mertonparrishThe Dance of Life by mertonparrishAltered MichaelangeloRendering by mertonparrish

PEN AND INK:
Cute Lil Faery Chub Close Up by mertonparrishNude Male Pianist by mertonparrish

PASTELS:
Behold by mertonparrishDo I Contradict Myself by mertonparrishChub in the Eye of the Comet by mertonparrish

COLORED PENCIL:
Framed Hand Colored FemaleNude by mertonparrishFully Hand Colored Male Nude by mertonparrishFully Hand Colored MidAir Male by mertonparrish

MIXED MEDIA:
Crazy Sunbird by mertonparrishFlowing Golden Locks by mertonparrishSovereign Seeker by mertonparrish

SCULPTURES:
Angel Recycled Art Sculpture by mertonparrishRedGold Winged Angel Sculpture by mertonparrishLovers Original Clay Sculpture by mertonparrish

HANDPAINTED PLASTERCRAFT
Greek Male Head Painted Statue by mertonparrishMale Nude Painted Vase by mertonparrish

CHARM BOXES:
Green Artists Eye Charm Box by mertonparrishStacked Charm Boxes 2 by mertonparrishArtists Eyes Charm Box by mertonparrish

DIORAMA BOXES:
Creative Fire I Diarama Box by mertonparrish Creative Fire II Diarama Box by mertonparrish

CURIOS:
Pan Music Makers Curio Collage by mertonparrishDiorama Box Dancers by mertonparrishSacred Heart Curio Collage by mertonparrish

MOBILES:
Faery Mobile of my Art Prints2 by mertonparrishFaery Mobile of my Art Prints3 by mertonparrishFaery Mobile of my Art Prints1 by mertonparrish

KNITTED HEADBANDS:
Knit Head Band Belt 33 by mertonparrish Knit Head Band Belt 34 by mertonparrish

KNITTED SCARVES:
Knit Scarf Original Design 2 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Original Design 8 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Original Design 7 by mertonparrish

KNITTED SHAWLS:
Knit Scarf or Shawl 19 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Shawl 25 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Shawl 21 by mertonparrish

KNITTED BLANKETS:
Knit Shawl Blanket 23 by mertonparrish Knit Shawl Blanket 22 by mertonparrish

WEAVINGS:
Woven Rag Rug on Loom by mertonparrishWhite and Blue Weaving on Loom by mertonparrish

APPLIQUE:
Spirit Applique by mertonparrishSpiritual Applique Whole Piece by mertonparrishBalance Applique by mertonparrish

GLUE GUN APPLIQUE:
Glue Gun Applique Jungle by mertonparrishGlue Gun Applique Celestial 1 by mertonparrish

CREWEL:
Written Spoken Word Crewel by mertonparrishFlower Crewel by mertonparrish

NEEDLEPOINT AND CROSS STITCH:
Lion Modified Cross Stitch by mertonparrishGreek Themed Needlepoint by mertonparrish

COLLAGES AND GROUPINGS OF FRAMED ORIGINAL ART:
Orange Male Fantasy Collage by mertonparrishArt Print Collages Collections by mertonparrishBabylonian Fantasy Collage by mertonparrish

ART AND FRAMING CREATED FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS:
Recycled Art Gallery by mertonparrishRecycled CD Case Frames2 by mertonparrish

BRANCH AND HATPIN CUPS:
Hatpin Art Print Cups by mertonparrishMale Couple Branch ArtPrintCup by mertonparrish

CD FRAMES AND FAUX STAINED GLASS ORNAMENTS:
Sun SharpieStainedGlassCD Cs by mertonparrishNova SharpieStainedGlassCD Cs by mertonparrish

Ty for visitng. Come back soon. Leave a friendly comment. :)

Further Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishFurther Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishFurther Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrish

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Hi, Your wonderful Art featured here fav.me/d85xz7o
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Ty, ty, ty :)
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Hey dear merton my friend, thank you so much for your kind support :D
PS: I missed your submissiosn very much :D
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Thank you for the watch friend!
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