Thoughts of Christmas


Today we are going to Muse about tradition.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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And he flew away through the night

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays


The excitement is building.  Jeanette is in the first stages of preparing Christmas Eve dinner:  The Feast of the Seven Fishes.  If you are Italian this is likely to be familiar territory.  If not, perhaps not.

This is not something in my family tradition.  My people lived in Arizona before freezers were available and before supermarkets were commonplace.  Fish was not an option.  But I am looking forward to the Seven Fishes.

As I reflect, my family did not have  much in the way of Christmas traditions.

Santa, for a child, is a key tradition.  I was five when I made a discovery that sowed a kernel of doubt about Saint Nick.

looking for presents

looking for presents

We put up a tree of course and, when we lived in a house with a fireplace, we hung our stockings on the mantel.  We used real socks.  I was pretty happy when Bermuda Socks were popular.

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

But otherwise, I cannot think we had much in the way of traditions. None of our family lived close to us.  In fact, for many years we lived overseas.  So it was pretty much us.

“Family” is a key to “tradition”.  Jeanette grew up around many cousins, aunts and uncles. She tells me they were often together on holidays and special occasions.  Today, her sister has three children which between them have seven children.  They all live in the same general area and gather together for holidays and birthdays.  That means they are pretty much in constant contact.  And they have traditions.  The Feast of the Seven Fishes is one of them.

This is a time for celebration and reflection.  Whatever your belief system, whatever your traditions or absence of the same, we wish you peace, health and happiness this holiday season and in the year to come.

more to come

Fine Art America, a company is now offering YOGA MATS with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check it out, here are the steps:
1.  Click on the link below.
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “LIFESTYLE”.  It will open up a menu of products.  If the mat is available for the image you chose, it will be at the bottom of the list.
5.  Click on “YOGA MAT” and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun. is producing reproductions of my artwork.  The work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida



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The Watched Shot
The Watched Shot
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Black for the Wicket

Black for the Wicket

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The Gallery

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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