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The Holly Candle


Prints are created using 100% archival quality ink on textured cotton paper. Each print is hand-signed on the back and includes a copy of the drawing's story. Available in 8x10 or 11x14 sizes.  

This drawing was originally created in pen and ink.


Story Behind the Drawing

Forest chipmunks have many holiday traditions, the most important of which is the lighting of the Holly Candle. First, the candle is formed from beeswax collected during the summer months. Once complete, the candle is placed in a candle holder (discovered long ago by their ancestors), and holly seeds are planted next to it. When December arrives, the chipmunks light the candle each night, celebrating and dancing in the glowing, moving shadows cast by the leaves. It is also traditional to spend time writing letters (typically consisting of paw prints and the occasional berry juice painting) for family members to open on Christmas Day.