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Gourds on Christmas? YES, WAY!

December 17, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments
By David Hadbawnik

By David Hadbawnik

David Hadbawnik is Lankville’s premier authority on pumpkins and gourds.

I know what you’re thinking. Gourds– they’re just for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Gourds on Christmas? Nope, too late, no dice, never in a million years. Plain and simple, NO WAY!

Detail of Hadbawnik's Nativity Scene which he doesn't want you to copy.

Detail of Hadbawnik’s Nativity Scene which he doesn’t want you to copy.

Well, I’m here to tell you something different. I’m here to tell you: YES, WAY!

Think about it. A typical bottle gourd with a smaller bulb on top makes for a perfect snowman or Santa Claus. You can even paint on a red hat or simply purchase or knit your own. Smaller gourds make ideal Christmas ornaments. You can paint cats on them. Or beautiful winter scenes. Or gingerbread cottages. Anything your mind can envision can be painted on your Christmas gourd.

For the advanced gourd-a-holic, try hollowing out the inside of your specimen and placing a beautiful LED light inside. I’ve had visitors say– “Jesus Christ, why is that gourd on fire?” I always laugh and tell them about the journey. Every gourd ornament is a little journey.

This year, I made a nativity scene (all out of gourds) and put it on top of my TV set. But feel free to do your own thing (actually, I’d prefer it if you didn’t do a nativity scene– that was my idea, after all). And remember, every gourd is a blank canvas. All it needs is you.

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