A few years back, before our new home in Spur was even a sparkle in our eye, I got to know the work of an Amarillo artist named Jack Sorenson. Renowned for his evocative Western scenes, Jack is also famous for a beloved holiday creation: a gift-bearing stranger in black cowboy hat, red duster, and white beard who might or might not be a kid’s notion of Santa.
For several holiday seasons in Lubbock it’s been our custom to select and cut our own tree from the Double Shovel Christmas Tree Farm down the road in Post, Texas. Tree farms are a rarity here on the dusty West Texas plains. Still, Levi has managed to pick out just the right Afghan pine for us each year — though the tree farm’s forest continues to grow taller, just as he has.
The card for 1996, inspired by an example from a book arts exhibition, was a booklet made from one sheet of paper that folded down into a miniature the size of a postage stamp. It was bound with a cover of heavy decorative paper in a cranberry-and-gold paisley pattern.