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Christmas Past

December 20th, 2013

Twenty-six years ago, my wife and I were excited to be expecting our first child. Below is the Christmas card I created that year to share with family and friends which celebrated our good news…


 Family Christmas Card 1987 – Hand-pulled silkscreen on archival paper

Of course, the next year our precious boy had to be features significantly in the Family Christmas Card…


Family Christmas Card 1988 – Hand-pulled Silkscreen on Archival Paper

For nearly every year after, the Family Christmas Card featured something about our family. The Christmas after our second child arrived found me experimenting with a more graphical style. Of course, I still had to feature our boys on that year’s card…


Family Christmas Card 1994 – Hand-pulled Silkscreen on Archival Paper

When those boys’ little sister was born, there was no doubt that she would show up in that year’s Family Christmas Card. At this point, I was beginning to experiment with Photoshop as my primary tool for creating the cards. This is what I came up with…


Family Christmas Card 1998 – Inkjet Print on Bright White Paper

Through this yearly tradition I have shared the love of our family, while keeping everyone up-to-date on things going on in our lives. During the past twenty-eight years I have created a Family Card each Christmas – until now.

As many of my blogging friends know, we lost our oldest son earlier this year. I cannot find it in me to create a card of celebration while my heart continues to ache so much with our loss. However, I will not allow the pain to overshadow what Christmas is really all about.

Christmas celebrates that momentous day when God became man in the form of His son, Jesus Christ. Because of God’s grace we now have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. All we have to do is believe that Jesus died for our sins and then arose from the grave three days later. When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior, we are given the greatest gift ever, God’s Grace. The Bible tells us the whole story, but Jesus summed everything up beautifully in John 3:16, where He tells us, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

Happy Creating!

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7 Comments for 'Christmas Past'

  1. Joleen Said:

    I hope for peace and comfort for you and your family this Christmas season. This story has touched me SO much. I hope it will you too as you listen to it. God bless you my friend!!

  2. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thank you, Joleen! You are right, that was a powerful story. I really appreciate you sharing it. God Bless and Merry Christmas!


  3. Sonya Said:

    Don, You and your family are in my heart this Christmas.
    GOD knows your pain this year because he also lost his son… and since we believe in Jesus and the GIFT he gave us, we will all be stronger in time. You have a special place in my heart. GOD has given you a wonderful gift in your art that you share with others who may be hurting too. GOD Bless the Michael Family!

  4. Kathleen Krucoff Said:

    I so admire your strength and faith. I understand and thank you for sharing with us. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. John 3:16 says it all. Thank you my friend.

  5. Mary Cornett Said:

    Don, You and your family are an inspiration to us. May you feel comfort and peace through the gift of the infant Jesus this Christmas season and throughout the New Year. Thank you for sharing your family Christmas cards. Tom & Mary

  6. suzanne berry Said:

    Don, I haven’t visited for a while and I’m so glad I did today. thank you for sharing your family Christmas card history and for the inspiring Christmas message. I am thrilled to see that you and been working and love your sunflower series in honor of your loving first born son. You are an inspiration and I know that Don Jr. will be with you as you keep his memory alive in your hearts. much love to you all, suz

  7. Hw(hallie)Farber Said:

    I don’t know what to say other than God Bless you and your family. You are in our hearts and thoughts and prayers.



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