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Santa Claus knows his toys – not only does he plan them, create them, give them, and rejoice in them, he also plays with them. As an adult who still has the heart of a child, Santa knows that all of these elements work together to create the final product, and you can’t just plan and create without playing and enjoying as well.
(This is something that major corporate executives do not understand – they spend all their time planning a product, which may or may not be a good one, and even more time in marketing it to a specific audience, with the intent of making a lot of money. But they never play with it – on their own, or with their children, if they have any. The heart of a child no longer lives in the heart of a business executive, because if it did, then making lots and lots of money wouldn’t be the final goal of the surfeit of corporations that plague this world.)
In The Trainmaster, Santa is hard at work at his North Pole workshop in the planning and development stage of a train set that will go to some fortunate boy or girl on the planet. Although there is much precision and detail that goes into the creating of a train, there is enjoyment as well, and Santa enjoys the process of working on the trains as much as he does playing with the final product.
In that sense, he is a trainmaster indeed, because he knows that it is not enough to create a train that puffs around the track – the train itself must be pleasing, colorful, exciting to look at, beautiful to hold and behold – an instant heirloom that stands up to hours and hours of play and yet is there years later, when the child who played with it is now an adult – but hopefully an adult who still has the heart of a child.
Featured in 32 Fine Art America groups.
November 21st, 2017
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