Christmas IV

A handmade Christmas

Our tree, exponentially smaller than last year’s beautiful giantess, boasted handmade ornaments solely this year. Some we made, some our grandparents made, some from our childhood, some we purchased . . .

Some are clay, some are fiber, some are wood. Some are knitted, some are china painted and some are tied together. Two are nativity scenes, many are icicles and a few angels. One is an unglazed porcelain cloud, just for fun.

A couple are carved, a bear is felted and a proclamation is cross-stitched. The star on top is of questionable origin, but being out of cardboard we’ll call it OK.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to Christmas IV

  1. sojournwanderer says:

    I ❤ handmade ornaments. (Remember my spiny things? I have some with a groove at one end, they would be pretty with colored thread, as icicles.)

    Anyway… it's just not the same with storebought ornaments. A mixture, sure, (and that's what I grew up with) but 100% manufactured… it's just so artificial. It could be any tree, anywhere, there’s nothing special about it. (There’s no aura; thank you, Walter Benjamin.)

    I also have issues with pre-lit trees, but that’s at least in part because I really enjoy putting on lights.

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