Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Christmas through the art of a child December 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 10:10 AM

WHEN MY FAMILY received this Christmas card, I knew I had to share it with you, my Minnesota Prairie Roots readers.

This is not just any card. My 5-year-old niece, Elisabeth, or Beth as we call her, created this image.

The simplicity of the card impresses me as does Beth’s ability, at her young age, to produce such a fine piece of art.

Turns out Beth made this nativity scene during a bi-weekly art class at the Lillian and Coleman Taube Museum of Art in Minot, N.D. My niece lived at the nearby Minot Air Force base before moving recently with her family to West Virginia. In designing her artwork, Beth tore and glued fabric scraps to a pre-cut form and then added rickrack, yarn, beads and such that had been donated to the museum for re-use.

Beth’s mom, Rena, said her daughter could have used buttons, silk flowers, sequins, and many more items, but chose to be frugal. That seems fitting for the subject, Christ’s birth in a stable.

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2: 6 – 7

May you, like Beth, celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, found in the birth of the Savior in a Bethlehem barn.


(The Taube Museum scans artwork and creates cards on cardstock, then sells 10 cards for $20. Proceeds benefit the museum. See www.taubemuseum.org.)

© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


2 Responses to “Christmas through the art of a child”

  1. Kristin Says:

    What a beautiful card! So fitting for the season. Wishing you the merriest of Christmases!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Best wishes to you too, Kristin, for the merriest of Christmases! I agree that little Beth’s card is beautiful. Readers, be sure to check out Kristin’s Washington D.C.-based blog, Candy sandwich, by clicking on the link in my blog roll. I promise that you will enjoy the storytelling style posts from this gifted writer.

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