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2005 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

 2005 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

This carol had to make it in to the list sooner or later... I love this one.

2002 The Holly and The Ivy

2002 The Holly and The Ivy

This reminds me a little of a watercolour painting I did once that has been lost... sometimes the simplest shapes can look so peaceful.  

This is one of those carols that not many people really know... and no one really knows where it came from or what it really means.  It's pretty though, kind of sounds like a lullaby sometimes.

The Holly and The Ivy from The Hymns and Carols of Christmas site - one of the more thorough and useful sites around for obscure Christmas songs!

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2004 I Saw Three Ships

2004 I Saw Three Ships

This one was done in a hurry after reading a whole bunch of books about The Group of Seven, particularly Lawren Harris and his pictures of the Arctic.  And I was also getting tired of the overwhelming preponderance of dark green in all my pictures.  I love green, but everything needs a rest now and again.

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2001 Huron Carol

pencil crayon & paper, ©2001 Amika Scott

This was the first one.  In 2000 I found a beautiful Christmas card by Ted Harrison to send to all my people, and in 2001 I was rather worried because I couldn't find any card that I liked anywhere near as much.  So I did my own.  This is the result.  

You can find some historical information and an audio clip here: Huron Carol at The Rouge Foundation. 

2003 I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day

2003 I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day

I had been reading some lovely picture books with pictures of towers and castles and symbols and puzzles and perfect stylized architecture... where the important things are the things you don't usually notice, and the pictures are clean from any extraneous imperfections. The carol this year was also rather pretty and clean, especially when one considers where it came from.... it was written by Longfellow during the American Civil War.  Most people skip the fourth and fifth verses. 

Read more: 2003 I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day