Special Events

Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, holidays. These are the events that add colour and meaning to our lives.
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Christmas

Santa Claus (per Coca Cola)

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or simply "Santa", is the legendary figure who brings gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24 or on his Feast Day, December 6 (Saint Nicholas Day).
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A Visit From Saint Nick

The design for this carving was based on a colouring page with images of the house and the moon added in. If you look carefully you can see someone in the window of the house.
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Father Christmas

One of Santa's many pseudonyms. Call him what you want, he always loves to see children smile.
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St. Nicholas

The skull of the saint was unburied in the 1950's and a cast was taken of it. This casting was scanned and the face of the saint was rebuilt using a computer program. He was given Greek Mediterranean colouring, brown eyes, white hair and a haircut and beard common to men of his day and region.

This, then, is the true face of Santa Claus!

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A Snowman

Frosty, or just cold?
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Gingerbread Man

Yum!
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Candy Cane

Lovely to give, lovely to hang on your tree or lovely just to eat, the candy cane is just...lovely!
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Angel With Trumpet

Hark the herald angels sing! ...or play trumpet as a herald should!
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Wreath

Traditional to hang on one's door at Christmas time, a wreath made of holly branches and berries symbolizes, or so I was told, the crown of thorns worn by Jesus during his trial and crucifixion with the bright red berries representing his blood.
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Holly

Holly is commonly referenced at Christmas time. In many western cultures, holly is a traditional Christmas decoration, used especially in wreaths and illustrations, for instance on Christmas cards.
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Christmas Tree

Although its origins are in non-Christian traditions, the Christmas tree has been adopted as a part of the winter solstice celebration known as Christmas.
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Bethlehem - The First Christmas

An image invoking the first Christmas: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds, wise men, manger...
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Christmas In the Wilderness

In the deep North, far from civilization, on a clear night on Christmas Eve this beautiful scene exists. With no people to see it, who's to say it doesn't?
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Joy

One word invoking one aspect of the Christmas season.
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Believe

Believe! Christmas is a season of faith.
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Ebenezer Scrooge - Dicken's A Christmas Carol

Scrooge (1951), released as A Christmas Carol in the U.S., is one of the best-known film adaptations of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. It starred Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge and was directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, with a screenplay by Noel Langley.
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The Grinch - How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Grinch is a "Whoville-hating" grouch (the only exception to this is the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, where he becomes whole-hearted and loving), and is always out to ruin something. He comes down to Whoville only on holidays, which is seen in two of the three TV specials, which are holiday-based, and when he does come down, he does so in order to cause mischief for the Whos. However, in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! he is opposed to the holiday (Christmas), and comes down to sabotage. In Grinch Night he comes down to waltz around for Halloween night, which in Whoville is called "Grinch Night". This signals all the Whos to annually lock down their homes. He is best described by the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", sung by Thurl Ravenscroft.
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Jim Carrey as The Grinch

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, also known as The Grinch, is a 2000 American live-action film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, based on the 1957 book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. Because the film is based on a children's picture book, many additions had to be made to the storyline to bring it up to feature-length. Most of the rhymes used in the book were used in the film, though some were slightly changed, and new rhymes were put in as well.
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Heat Miser

Heat Miser is a character from the Rankin/Bass 1974 children's television special The Year Without a Santa Claus. A giant, vaguely demonic ogre-like being, Heat Miser is a blustery, quick-tempered hothead who is ultimately harmless. As indicated in the lyrics of his song ("whatever I touch, starts to melt in my clutch"), Heat Miser can melt objects with a touch, even, implausibly, objects that should combust rather than melt, such as a shovel's wooden handle.
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Halloween/Christmas Fusion

Halloween and Christmas are my two favourite times of the year. It seems natural to fuse them!
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Hanukkah

Dreidels

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
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More Dreidels

Remember, only play for chocolate!
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Menorah

The Hanukkah menorah is, strictly speaking, a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah, as opposed to the seven-branched menorah used in the ancient Temple or as a symbol. The ninth holder, called the shamash ("helper or servant"), is for a candle used to light all other candles. The menorah is among the most widely produced articles of Jewish ceremonial art. The menorah is a traditional symbol of Judaism, along with the Star of David.
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Easter

The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny (or Easter Hare) is a character depicted as an anthropomorphic rabbit. In legend, the creature brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter. The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets in a designated place or hide them somewhere in the house for the children to find when they wake up in the morning.
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Easter Bunny With An Egg

The Easter Bunny is picking an egg to decorate.
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Jesus At the Sea of Galilee

A moment of contemplation before the end.
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An Easter Egg

Pretty Easter eggs are decorated by artists every Easter. In fact, it's the pumpkin carving of Easter.
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The Last Supper

Based on the famous DaVinci painting of the same, this picture depicts the Last Supper of Christ and his disciples at which the first communion was delivered.
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Easter Egg

An Easter Egg with Christian iconography. Cross this one off your list.
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Remembrance Day

Poppy

Remembrance Day – also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.) The day was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7 November 1919, to the observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during war; this was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.
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Valentines Day

Cupid

In Roman mythology, Cupid (Latin cupido, meaning "desire") is the god of love and beauty. He is also known by another one of his Latin names, Amor. He is the son of goddess Venus and god Mercury.

In popular culture Cupid is frequently shown shooting his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine's Day.


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The Flying Hearts

Look out! Here they come! The flying hearts are on their way.
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Love You!

Here at Pumpkin Jack, we love all of you adventurous pumpkin carvers out there!
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Chocolate Bear

This stuffed bear does love chocolate. Hopefully they weren't both a gift for someone special!
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Valentine's Cupid

The power of love manifest on Saint Valentine's Day.
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Heart

You gotta have heart! It's all about the love!
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Heart And Arrow

Another one falls victim to Cupid.
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XO

A hug and a kiss for Valentines!
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Entwined Hearts

Two hearts as one.

This one has only the narrowest of pieces holding up the interior of one heart. You must be cautious.


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St. Patricks Day

Leprechaun

Saint Patrick's Day, colloquially St. Paddy's Day or simply Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on 17th of March.

A common symbol of St. Patrick's Day, the leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore, usually taking an old man, clad in a red or green coat, who enjoys partaking in mischief. Like other fairy creatures, leprechauns have been linked to the Tuatha Dé Danann of Irish mythology. Popular depiction shows them as being no taller than a small child.


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A Shamrock

The shamrock refers to the young sprigs of clover or trefoil. It is known as a symbol of Ireland, with St. Patrick having used it as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity, according to legend. The name shamrock is derived from Irish seamróg, which is the diminutive version of the Irish word for clover (seamair) meaning simply "little clover" or "young clover".
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Thanksgiving

Turkey

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is associated with giving thanks to God for the harvest and expressing gratitude. While historically religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.

The traditional feast associated with Thanksgiving usually includes a turkey.

A special thanks to Hello Kids for the use of this colouring page.


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Olympics

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, is a major international multi-sport event held on February 12–28, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia and in the Vancouver suburbs of Richmond, West Vancouver and the University Endowment Lands. Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games are being organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC). The 2010 Winter Olympics will be the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. Previously, Canada was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.
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London 2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad and commonly known as London 2012, was a major international multi-sport event celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games, as governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It took place in London, United Kingdom and a lesser extent across the country from 25 July to 12 August 2012. The first event, the group stage in women's football began on 25 July at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. More than 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated. It was officially started however on Friday 27 July 2012 at 0:00.
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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, are scheduled to take place from 6 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia, with some events held in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana. Ninety-eight events in fifteen winter sports will be held. Both the Olympics and 2014 Winter Paralympics are being organized by the Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC).