Patience Brewster Christmas Krinkles Fruit and Veggie Ornaments
"One of our Thanksgiving and Christmas treats is pealing and eating pomegranates. They became one of my daughter's favorite foods. We sprinkled them on winter squash and salads.
While drawing the pomegranate ornament I thought of Persephone from Greek mythology. She was captured by Hades and taken to the underworld. Her mother pined for her so that the earth turned cold and all the plants withered. Zeus and Persephone's mother finally forced Persephone's release. When she returned the sun warmed the earth and there was fruit and food again.. But it was discovered that Persephone had eaten a few pomegranate seeds in the underworld, for this she was forced to return for a portion of the year. This is why we have the seasons, according to mythology because every year, when she has to return to the underworld, a chill blankets the earth and winter begins.
On our household, Santa started filling the stockings by putting a tangerine at the toe... So I needed to put that traditional tangerine in my line even though when you got to that sweet and fragrant fruit, he signaled the end of the first chapter of Christmas morning!
We also love artichokes in my family. They often make up a special holiday first course. We are out in the country here and we introduced many children to their first artichoke. I thought this particular one would look especially good on the tree.
An apple rounds out the bunch. I live in the land of apple orchards. In winter apples are the one fruit that is still sweet and delicious at Christmastime. What does NOT a apple symbolize? Love, temptation, health and the best in education. I tried to tie in all these thoughts in my bright shiny apple!"
- Patience Brewster