I’ve always wanted to design Christmas gift wrap because I see a lot of commercial wrapping paper that disturbs me. Much of it reflects what our culture thinks Christmas is all about – buying stuff and more stuff. I’m not opposed to really great stuff; I just want it to have meaning.
Isaiah 9:6 states the meaning of Christmas for me: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 7:14 even describes the manner in which the Prince of Peace shall come into the world: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
This statement puts in perspective what has been lost in our culture – that Christmas is about a baby who was born, but not just any baby – A Savior, a Redeemer, a Wonderful Counselor, the Everlasting Father, Mighty God.
Jesus came across galaxies, across the expanse of the universe to reach us. He beckons with outstretched nail scarred hands to say, “Follow me.” It’s a simple message with life-changing impact to those who decide to follow Him. I am certain of it because He has changed my life and continues to do so when I simply follow Him.
Most Christmas gift wrap designs are devoid of any spiritual meaning in order to reach a wider non-spiritual audience. Taking a spiritual stand with art can be dangerous. Or I can just be me and tell it like it is – that Christmas is about the Prince of Peace who also brings joy and hope to those who believe. I designed the pattern above with 3 birds in a forest because it reflects what Christmas means to me. The complimentary pattern below will join a collection of Christmas patterns I’m working on for next season in gift wrap, stationery, greeting cards, etc. (When I was designing these I’m sure they also reflect this unusually cold December in Southern California!)
Finally below is a Christmas greeting card. I think this one best sums it up for me – that Christmas is light, born out of darkness to show the way. May you find Him at the center of it all. Merry Christmas.