Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Donkey Christmas

I mean that in a good way. Donkeys play a big part at Christmas here at our house in the pines
Here is one destined for the Christmas tree
And a friend from Sweden on the mantle. A photo by the wonderful Becky at Vintage Fairy Tales. If you haven't visited her blog, you should. Its a very happy place ~


Here is a donkey clomping through suburban neighborhoods, dining on thier lush lawns.


And on the hutch with his friends, waiting for Santa.



Can you see him in the forest of pines?


After all, a donkey attended the very first Christmas.
"I" said the donkey , shaggy and brown,
"I carried His mother uphill and down,
I carried her safely to Bethlemen town,"
"I" said the donkey, shaggy and brown.
From the Christmas carol, 'The Friendly Beasts' with a little spun donkey from Russia.
Happiest of holidays from the donkeys in the pines!
xxx





juliewhitmorepottery.etsy.com

25 comments:

Paula said...

Hello sweet Julie! What a delightful post! Your donkey ornament is beautiful and I love all the sweet donkeys you shared! Lovely Christmasy vignettes! Thank you for the link to Becky's blog, I will go for a visit! The Christmas carol is so sweet!

Happiest of holidays to you and the donkeys in the pines!

Love and hugs,
Paula

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Lovely and charming Christmas decorations! The donkeys are so cute!
Michelle

April said...

Donkeys live here too! A big straw donkey who is proud every Christmas to hold the wrapped gifts....A needle felted donkey dressed as Little Red who is safe and warm in her cape, having hot tea in the kitchen from a fairytale hedgehog teapot. There is something sweet and tender about donkeys..except, of course, when they go "GODZILLA" and eat up the neighborhood! Love all of yours!!! Merry Christmas and blessings to all the donkeys!

Shelley said...

Love your post....Yes,the donkey played a major part of the Nativity indeed. All of yours are very sweet!
I love that dear Christmas Carol...I will sing it during our Children's program at church this next year...
Christmas blessings to you,Shelley

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

love the christmas header...darling.

well, you know we have DONKEY LOVE here...big time.

love all the vignettes too....

all charming...put me in a christmas mood for sure

:-)

donkey in a farmhouse

Librarian said...

The wreath is so pretty, and I like it for being rather unusual with the donkey in the middle.

Kathryn Glover said...

I have my Dad's favorite little donkey he played with back in the 20's Donkeys are so special, I love each and every story you tell through your pictures and work. Merry Christmas, Julie!

DollZandThingZ said...

Daft over donkeys, here, too. Dearest April gave me one of your donkey mugs for my birthday and I adore it.

Love Becky's blog, too! And I also love the Farm Girl who signed here, as well. Her real life donkeys make me smile.

Your Christmas photos/scenes are so amazing. Absolutely perfect!

Merry Christmas!

Zuzu said...

They are adorable, Julie! Your home looks so cozy and inviting!
:)
Wishing you a happy one,
~ Zuzu

Val said...

What a sweet collection. Now that you mention it, I'm really surprised the donkey isn't a more widely-celebrated part of Christmas.

And happy holidays to you and yours. I'm so glad to have found your pottery and blog this year. :)

a mermaids purse said...

magical and beautiful x

festive fairy wishes xxxx

Pauline said...

I can't say enough about your work, it is just gorgeous. I love all the characters and the donkey is just delightful and so perfect!

Your home looks so Christmassy and lovely.

Christmas Wishes to you
Pauline :o)

Nan said...

I so love donkeys. They are such kind and friendly animals. I wonder if you've ever read Derek Tangye's books. We read them and then visited Cornwall and spent a few magical moments in the company of Derek and his wife Jeannie. I wrote a little bit about this here (I feel like I may have told you this before?!):

http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2007/03/freesias.html


Eleven years later we got our own two donkeys, and though one has died, we still have Daisy who is 28 now. Wonderful animals.

A Time to Dance said...

I also recieved a beautiful picture from Becky ..... Isn't she lovley... I have somegloves to show you to see if you like them....

Madelief said...

Hi Julie,

Thank youfor your kind comment on my blog. We haven't sung the Friendly Beast yet, but I will try to find it on Youtube to hear how it sounds. Your homemade animals look really beautiful in their Christmassy suroundings!

Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Lieve groet, Madelief

vicki said...

Julie - what a precious story about the donkey and the photos are exquisite. Such a happy place that you have created - I love your little donkeys!

Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas to you my friend.

Vicki

Jacky said...

What a lovely idea for a Christmas Theme, very playful.
Have a wonderful Christmas best wishes for 2011

julie Haymaker thompson said...

Oh my the lowly Donkey! you are so right He was a big part of Christmas and so under rated. Glad you gave him in a place of honor by representing him in your wonderful artistic style.

Carolyn Parker said...

I love your donkey Christmas! It is so very dear.
Love and donkey licks,
Batty

Julierose said...

Dear Julie--I saw a "snowman cup" on nina's blog--did you make this? It is lovely...a new blog watcher alsoJulie-rose

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

hello Julie,

yes, thats a cup I made,
thanks for finding me!
xx
julie

Laura said...

happy christmas dear wonderful julie!!

Flossie said...

With 5 minutes to spare I just had the delight of reading your blog via the wonderful Vintage Fairytales. I'm so glad I did!

Susy said...

Peaceful and happy New Year
to you too dear friend and good luck.
. HAPPY NEW YEAR
Susy

Mudpatty said...

This is my new favorite, I love donkeys, and yours are so so sweet! And the marvelous spoons, too wonderful! I love the new detail on the snow scene mug - something new everywhere !! Beth

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