On Christmas Eve I got some gifts in a wonderful gift bag. I found the gift bag quite interesting. This gift bag is copyrighted by Kim Martin / London Portfolio. I wonder who this artist is? I think unique art, even on a gift bag, should have a signature.
Observing this gift bag, I thought of the symbolism presented by the artist’s snowman imagery. This bag is presenting a spiritual viewpoint that is not exactly Christian. It seems to sway to the pagan side of Christmas. During Christmas paganism walks side by side with Christianity. Since gift bags and cards are usually spiritually neutral (not to offend anyone), corporate generated art often uses imagery from popular culture. Like Santa, reindeer and snowmen.
Looking at this image we see fairies bringing gifts to the snowman. What do fairies have to do with the birth of Christ? Well, Santa has his elves, and maybe the snowman fairies are Santa elves? I suppose.
The snowman is wearing a sweater covered in pentagrams/stars. An interesting touch. The snowman’s sweater reflects the night sky, the heavens. His green plant-like scarf matches the evergreens in the background. His stick hands mirror the naked branches that are hovering above and below him. In the gift stocking on his branch-hand appears to be mistletoe.
The image suggests the tragedy of being a snowman. Snowmen are temporary beings…and last but for a season and then melt away, alone in the snow. Yet, the fairies arrive to offer the lonely snowman gifts on Christmas Day. Nobody else cares; he is by himself. This is a statement of the mortality of human life. We are snowmen. We are born alone and die alone, like the snowman. Yet we are never truly alone, for there is a spiritual reality awaiting us. The snowman symbolizes mortality, and the fairies symbolize the gift of immortality. On second thought, maybe the artist does offer a Christian message!
I wonder if the artist intended such a message? Like the snowman, his or her work will vanish like snow in the spring. But I have recorded one gift bag’s message.
Merry Christmas all!