I present you the last of my Colors of Christmas, the Green Christmas! I created these three drawings to represent the whole spirit of Christmas in its green hue.
First you will find the oldest Christmas tree, the great fir covered with snow and and decorated with burning candles and "balls" made of white beads - which you can replace, if you want, with colorful beads, crystal beads or simple stitches with DMC 3865.
Then you will find a figure unfortunately little known, but very ancient: the Green Lady. Before the traditions of Santa Claus and Jesus Child, the ones who bring gifts during the holidays of the winter solstice were beautiful and bright Dames, even if they could also take on the likeness of old ugly and unfriendly hags - in Italy, for example, we have the Befana, which can give sweets but also coal and ash to naughty children. The Lady I wanted to represent is the so-called “Dame Verte” – literally the “Green Dame” – of the French tradition, which embodies the spirit of the forest and of the firs and in fact was depicted dressed of beautiful fir branches, while she walked silently from the snowy woods and visiting houses to bring gifts.
Finally Him, precisely Him... the real Santa Claus, who before being dressed in red from the famous Coca Cola spot was dressed in green and he also represented the spirit of the forest, of the trees, and of the old year. A wise old friend of all animals, Lord of beasts and trees, bearer of gifts and blessings.
He is perhaps my favorite design from those of The Colors of Christmas series. I tried to design him with all the love that I feel a spirit like him could represent and spread.
This is a cross stitch DIGITAL pattern.
The PDF file includes the cover, the colors legend and the pattern.