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xXAwesomeArtXx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@01:57this made me cry!
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Umeka1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
@00:36I wanna ride a moose to! :D
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alistairchambers Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
@02:07That's beautiful.
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:iconrew711:
rew711 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
@00:30this is so beautiful
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EmoIgii Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
@02:00 this is so perfect!
it's a mixture of both Christian and Belief of Santa, and it's just AMAZING!!
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Nyekii Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@00:14AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO THOUGHT OF ANIMAL CROSSING BALLOONS 
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lolnyny Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
@02:04Omg! I love this video, I love the idea!!! Beautiful!
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lolnyny Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
@00:20The pole star!!!!
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:iconimisshome:
imisshome Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
@01:31@00:31 its so ...amazing../strange.. to see santa claus and jesus together..
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esnym Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Digital Artist
@01:56I haven't cried for years. Until now.

I'm not even that religious but... my God, this was so sad and... poignant.
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@02:10This animation just gave me a little hope for humanity. It was beauitfully done. Although when I saw the Moose I honestly thought "Canadian" lol. Now I have an inside joke now yay.
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zoozoo9012 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
@02:12friggin' beautiful. Just... beautiful.
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LoulouVZ Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
@01:44amazing
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z0mbi3-g1rl1337 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
@01:34This is so brilliantly, simplistically perfect 0_o
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Superfreexa Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
@00:01Fantastic...
So touching :o
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ashflammiganhawk Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student General Artist
@01:25..... :'( Words cannot describe, but this is brilliant.
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animeotaku113480 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
@00:23Cool! don't they play that piano song in Full Metal Alchemist?
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:iconmuffinoflife:
MuffinOfLife Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
@01:07hey! he has eyes naow
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:iconmuffinoflife:
MuffinOfLife Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
@00:39do want!
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:iconjemadona:
jemadona Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student
@01:271:25 <-- I ALWAYS tear up at this part. Always. ;_;
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Sugar-IceCream Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@00:17OH SNAP HE GOT A STAR YAY.
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:iconsunstar-pwns:
Sunstar-Pwns Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@04:59Beautiful! Very touching! :heart:
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5019 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Student General Artist
@01:11SHARINGAN!
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Eliza-1985 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@04:23Awww~ so sad, but I enjoyed it.
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chibi-esque Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
@01:05GLOWING BABY
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chibi-esque Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
@00:57ninjutsu!
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chibi-esque Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
@00:33coming to see baby jesus ~
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:iconchibi-esque:
chibi-esque Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
@00:26could it be that annoying fairy from legend of zelda?
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Kiriko-Tan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
@01:40beautiful, even for me, a non-religious person.
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Senoj-Ados Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
@01:21Kagemane no Jutsu!!
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Samedi-mai Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
@00:53So beautiful, I cried in the end with happiness and adoration! ;u; You truly are talented! ;u;
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Just-iceo9 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
@01:52So beautiful,but so sad.I could write on how much I liked it, but others have done that already.
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RakuHund Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
@00:55i wasnt aware santa could teleport, thankyou for alerting me of this
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Nagusame Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
@01:17so sad!
makes me cry ,
but is so beautiful too.
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lichiTree Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
@01:20oh no, he's crying ;___;
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lichiTree Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
@00:49Oh, my because of this I'm in X-mas mood now :D
I want winter ^-^

Great film ^^
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lichiTree Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
@00:27the music is so lovely :D
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BardofZelica Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
@01:13This was one of my favorite stories as a child...
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Pterux Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
@00:03This is... so beautiful.
Thank you so much for this. :heart:
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kawaiinekodesunee Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
@00:42this film made me cry!
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KingOfLies Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Oh okay I guess that makes sense.
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mudkipofpower Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Student General Artist
@00:47this is incredible!
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DarknessBender Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
@01:45Increible!!!!!
A ti te entrego todos mis respetos
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kikidori Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
@01:37poor Jesus.=//

this is realy awesome!
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LoveLaurenX Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
@00:06Wonderful! The artwork, music, and just overall presentation of it was terrific. I love it. :D
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o03 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
@01:01It's so beautifulll~ ^^; ;P i cried~ ;* poor jesus~ :cries:
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Hikagi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
@00:09Yeah, I realized that about two seconds after posting the annotation. I had a book opened to Beethoven's piece, and got the titles mixed up when I commented... ^^;
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Here's to a happy film launch!

They're essentially the same - this one is probably more ideal for people whose computers don't handle Flash well.

P.S - please feel free to share this as you see fit


Here's a copy of the description from the original flash version:

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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.
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Gift of Ages -Prerendered Ver. brilliantly animated by *JohnSu shows a passionate and very personal vision of Christmas. Be open minded and enjoy it for pure expression. ( Suggested by Yunimori and Featured by Marker-Guru )
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
what is given can be taken!
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xXAwesomeArtXx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@01:57this made me cry!
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Muisha Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student General Artist
;____________;
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Umeka1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
@00:36I wanna ride a moose to! :D
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SpiffytheCreative Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Still one of my favorite things you've made. Beautiful stuff, man, and it's nice to be reminded that not everyone's afraid of religion and the meaning of Christmas. 

I find it funny when movies try to talk about the true meaning of Christmas and it ends up being, like, all about having fun with friends and family. Then it tries to act like that's enough to make it the almost magical time that it is. I mean, would it make sense for enemy soldiers in WWII to stop fighting and celebrate Christmas together if sentiment was all the holiday amounted to?
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like to imagine that "Xmas" and "Christmas" are actually two very similar but distinct holidays celebrated at the same time.

People often confuse the two.
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SpiffytheCreative Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Lol you are awesome.
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alistairchambers Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
@02:07That's beautiful.
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Xoloitzu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've watched this video every year as we get closer to Christmas since it was posted. I've shared it with many others, especially my younger cousins as they grow into a better understanding of a faith they've chosen to continue. This really helps tie in the meaning of Christmas-as a Christian-with the secular version of Christmas that we see all around us. Thank you again for posting this. I look forward to watching this again next year, and for as many years as it's available. A bit too early, but Merry Christmas and happy new year!
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Jocyhope Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely beautiful.
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