For Christmas 2020 Chippenham Town Council asked its community to put pens to paper to help share the joy of Christmas.
The 24 artworks below were selected to feature in an online advent calendar and town trail throughout December.
To celebrate the creativity of the town the full collection of artwork can be viewed in the gallery.
Thank you to Chippenham's community for sharing what the Joy of Christmas means to you.
All the words I have used sum up the special things relating to Christmas, Joy, family, and times together.
Although 2020’s Christmas is likely to be a broken up, patchwork affair, I think it can still be pulled together and made colourful and joyous.
I asked Lenny what he loved about Christmas? Lenny said ‘I love watching the snowman film.’ He also said that he would like it to snow, so he can build his own snowman and will call him Jimmy.
It is Father Christmas and he’s wearing a mask so he’s safe for 2020!
You can see all of the twinkling lights. The lights reflect on the snow. It is more magical at night time.
The sight of the holly’s red berries brightens up Christmas and brings joy to all who see them.
The joy of Christmas music is universal as all ages can sing carols and songs throughout the festive season giving pleasure to everyone.
My favourite thing about Christmas is the presents.
The sadness of not being able to be with loved ones in person but always being able to share the love for them in your heart via the phone or computer, sending letters, cards & gifts. We may not be able to be together but we are together always in my heart. Created as a badge for Brownies who can only meet via Zoom.
Mischievous elves, family time, listening to Christmas music and putting up the tree.
I have done a snowman because children think of them at Christmas and adults make them with children too. Snowmen come out at Christmas and everyone likes them, and people smile when they see them, making them happy.
Santa gives us presents and I drew Santa and the presents.
‘The Hamabead Christmas tree’ The joy of Christmas for me is watching the children open their presents! They love hamabeads and the rainbow means there’s a pot of gold at the end… Christmas!
Whether it’s carols or popular music everyone has a reaction to Christmas music, from the school nativity to Slade in the shopping centre.
The joyous part of Christmas for me is a candlelight carol service at church.
I want it to snow so I can build a snowman with Mummy, Daddy and Alba.
The picture shows a brother and sister opening presents on Christmas morning. They are really excited.
A cheerful message – “Joy to the world”. Seasonal, and greetings to everyone, regardless of beliefs, creed or race.
Rudolph is the hero reindeer who saves Christmas for all the children of the world, who lights our way in the darkness, who gives us all hope.
Xander and Rebecca
The search for the perfect tree.
My favourite thing about Christmas is all the lights.
Santa comes in his sleigh with his elf and reindeers. He places some presents under the snowman’s tree.
Pretty lights, the wonder of a small child, home town, music, and love.
It’s Christmas Eve and all the jobs have been done. Time to relax in front of the fire and anticipate the excitement of Christmas day with all the family.