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Gift of Ages is an animation I made in about a week and a half for my church's Christmas program.

Ah, there's so much to say about this one, but I somehow feel that explaining it will make it weaker. I should hope that the piece is strong enough to stand on its own without my having to prop it up with words.

And so for some of you I might have ruined Christmas. But to everyone else, I hope you've enjoyed this presentation and that it brings new meaning to the secular symbols we see annually.

Programs used: Flash 8, openCanvas, 3D Studio Max, and Sound Forge. All 3D work was done by my brother Brian (thanks!), and the music is Chopin's Etude in E major Op.10 No.3.

EDIT: I've read all your responses but haven't replied to them all since...there are a lot. Anyhow, in general, I appreciate how much some of you are moved by it, and I'm also impressed with how open-minded the rest of you are in receiving it. Thanks, guys. Merry Christmas.

YouTube Link: [link]
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Given 2007-12-20
Gift of Ages by *JohnSu This beautifully crafted piece was suggested more times than I can count. Please read the artist's description to learn more about it. Regardless of one's spiritual beliefs, the passion behind this work is obvious and the artistic merit is certainly appreciated. ( Suggested by EnigmaticEmpress and Featured by KariAnnLax )
Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely. Merry Christmas :)
Rodegas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
what is given can be taken away!
Seppukrow Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ever since I watched Final Fantasy A+ I always admired you a way. There's something about people who strive to be so pure that is so admirable yet sad. This flash is beautiful yet eerie. The conversion to Santa and praying to the cross that gives him that warm touch seems so mechanical. And no matter how famous and jolly people think he may be, he's still alone.
xKaseix Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is still one of my favorite Christmas videos, I think about it every year and am always showing it to people. Thank you so much for making it and sharing it with us here on DA, I think it is beautiful how you have touched so many people using your talents. Thank you for keeping it posted up in your gallery all these years.
ImAGirlNamedMichael Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
John- I share this every year, either on Facebook or email, and it is still as beautiful today as it was the first time you posted it.  Thank you for is moving and beautiful.
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing it every year!
ImAGirlNamedMichael Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for leaving up to be shared- it is truly one of the beautiful and meaningful pieces of work I have ever had the pleasure to view.  It is a blessing to be able to share it!
Tiniest-Monny Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh..QAQ That was sad and beautiful... 
irethkalt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Moved me to tears. Gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing this!
oshibana Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I've watched this video every Christmas season for the past few years. It never ceases to touch my heart, to remind me of the gift of our Savior. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!!:)
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it continues to serve its purpose even after so long!
cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I almost cried when I watched this. It is SO touching. God bless you man.
NemuBunny Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was.. beautiful.
Rotten-Apple-Doodle Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Ego-Kronos Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
baby jesus never looked so cute :3
DemonxRose Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is just so beautiful I love it
Aaronthehuskey Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
This was Beautiful work I give it 5 stars
RadiantStar4 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is truly gorgeous. =)
CanadianPride66 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I am not Catholic, in fact I'm an atheist but I was very moved by this. This truly is beautiful.
KathyTheOtaku Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're a graphic designer?
Cute <3
woofwoofsg1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great!
lolinlaik Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
now im no religious dude but this is just beautiful ;_;
Ravenwind137 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
This is still one of the most simple, yet beutiful and compelling pieces I have seen to this day.

Truly a work of art both symbolically and emotionally. Every Christmas I look this up to remind myself, as well as show it to my family.

Thank you so much~ And Merry Christmas~
n3wblu3 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
this was................. amazing!! just wow, its the first i've seen it and i couldn't just watch it once =D
amber-lady Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Your great wor was featured here: [link]
Thank you!
yehecatl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Curious interpretation
He is the 4
Magyk13 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
it reminds me of a skit my day care used to do
XxStarTheNeonWolfxX Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student General Artist
This is beautiful <3
Riverfox237 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
First time I saw this was...probably three years ago? And still it is easily one of the most moving Christmas videos I think I've ever seen. It's so beautiful, and it gives me such a warm reminder of the real reason for the season and the best reason for why we give gifts. Just wanted to say thanks again for making this, Johnsu. It inspires me every time I watch it. =)
BirdDogSheep Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
so much christmas spirit! ... so beautiful!
ValiantIronSide Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
I always watch this every year and its still beautiful enough to move me to tears.
Issina Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful! You have a real gift <3
ShaydetheLemur Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. :)
Sycorax-Snow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful ) I love the style and the textures of the clothing of each of the characters. the music was a nice touch and well, despite my lack of religious belief, I find this amazing and wonderful, well thought through, with lots of references and a nice twist )
thanks for sharing
UndertakerisEpic Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ayaka859 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really amazing, a wonderful piece of work, and it really reminds you what the holiday is about.
Geeflakes-art Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
each time I looks at it, I can help it, I cryin' ._.
warningyou Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
beautiful... amazing.... I cried...
danocachan Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Wonderful union of two symbols
The climax for me was the tree become a crucifix!
Beautiful song!
Silverwolf7790 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student
This has to one of the best things I have seen on this site. Fantastic!
civilizedcitizen Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Such a beautiful, and a miraculous story. :)
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Very well animated. :) It has a very unique style as well.
Drii-a7x Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student Photographer
I love the music... Who is?
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Drii-a7x Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you! :)
ShadeGriffin Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is really beautiful
thetravelingbard Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o wow, that was so beautiful! T_T I cried like a baby when I watched it!
Janzart Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In one word: Beautiful! (or amazing or wonderful or...)
Inopig1998 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I love it :D
silvercross00 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm speechless. Well done.
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