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|Twenty-fourth day of Advent|
Twas in the moon of wintertime
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wandering hunters heard the hymn:
"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
The Huron Carol
|Twenty-third day of Advent|
Finally, an English Robin. This one has come from the "Sleepyhead Feast", a party for the hibernating creatures, described in The Illustrated Fairy Gazette
|Twenty-first day of Advent|
This is another ornament from Grandmother's Tree
. Our tree is fully decorated now, laden from top to bottom with old favorites and some glossy newcomers.
"The tree is, as it is every year, more beautiful than they remembered"
|Twentieth day of Advent|
"This is the season of Goodness, Beauty and Truth, both in the Peaceful Realms and in the mortal world."
The Illustrated Fairy Gazette, A Christmas Celebration
|Nineteenth day of Advent|
In the bleak mid-winter, a bird of summer.
This is Toronto, so here is a Blue Jay.
|Eighteenth day of Advent|
"I was always a lover of soft-winged things"
|Sixteenth day of Advent|
A wee detail from a much bigger picture of a holly, jolly Christmas.
(Almost finished decorating the tree here. I keep finding more decorations).
|Fifteenth day of Advent|
"Come, on wings of joy we'll fly" William Blake
|Fourteenth day of Advent|
sharing winter berries.
"You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And its pinions with glistening gold" Psalms 63.13
|Thirteenth day of Advent|
"Deep within the winter forest among the snowdrift wide
You can find a magic place where all the fairies hide" Anon
|Twelfth day of Advent|
"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth." Henry David Thoreau, Walden
|Eleventh day of Advent|
Portrait of a certain famous explorer.
(Common name, Mallard)
|Ninth day of Advent|
"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings."
J.M. Barrie, "The Little White Bird"
|Eighth day of Advent|
Swans-a-swimming belong to the seventh day of Christmas, but these ones are flying and landing. With their crowns they could be the princely swan brothers of fairy tales. Grimms' version of The Wild Swans has six brothers and in Hans Anderson's there are eleven. There are seven in my original illustration for Woodland Christmas
and I have added one more here to fit the Eighth day theme.
|First day of Advent|
Advent already? Impossible! And yet here we are at December 1, ready or not. "Carols of gladness ring from every tree" (Frances Anne Kemble)
This year's Advent tree is full of birds.
|Second day of Advent|
A Partridge Postman with a spray of pear blossom for someone's True Love - from Woodland Christmas
|Third day of Advent|
A detail from a larger Christmas painting, this little robin defies conventional wisdom that North American robins always fly south for the winter. Here is a page about robins that stay
. I like the description of their song as "chip chip cheerio, jam on toast!"
|Fourth day of Advent|
Loons singing their lovely song to the night sky are the Four Calling Birds, another illustration from Woodland Christmas
|Fifth day of Advent|
Another detail, this time from Woodland Nutcracker
. "Creating a world" is the aspect of book illustration that artists love, making up convincing background details such as books on a bookshelf, a wreath on the door. This is a Christmas wreath for the Bears' cottage (plus five gold rings for the Fifth day of Advent).
|Sixth day of Advent|
For Woodland Christmas
I gave 6 motherly geese and their goslings sails in their nests, to catch the wind and ferry them over the waters.
|Seventh day of Advent|
For Sunday and the seventh day, here is a familiar and warmly-dressed winter bird who is also somewhat reminiscent of this fellow: