December Holiday Treasure Hunt

painting of 17th century dutch people gathered around a table, having a good time.

The Merry Company by Dirck Hals, Dutch, 1632, GIft of Val A. Browning, 1993.034.005

With at least seven holidays happening between now and January 1st, this treasure hunt will challenge your ability to stop celebrating for a few minutes and find the corresponding artwork in the UMFA galleries.

Hanukkah (December 20-28): In honor of the Festival of Lights, can you find eight non-electric sources of light depicted in the UMFA artwork? Hint: candlesticks, candles, lanterns and lamps count.

Winter Solstice (December 22): On this shortest day of the year, sunrise comes later and sunset comes sooner. Can you find the sculpture that celebrates the symbols of morning? Hint: there is a rooster.

Festivus – for the rest of us (December 23): This Seinfeldian holiday includes Airing of Greviences and Feats of Strength. Can you find a Mahonri Young sculpture depicting a Feat of Strength?

Christmas (December 25): Can you find a photograph and a painting on the Museum’s 1st floor that both have the word “Christmas” in their title?

Boxing Day (December 26): The origins of Boxing Day go back to an old English tradition of servants having the day after Christmas off. Their employers would box up gifts and leftover food for the servants to share with their families. Can you find a painting of food that would be particularly tasty as a Boxing Day treat?

Kwanzaa (December 26 – January 1): During this celebration of African-American heritage, one of the principles of Kwanzaa is Kuumba or Creativity. Find your favorite example of creativity in the UMFA galleries.

New Years Day (January 1): The countdown to the new year is often celebrated with a glass of bubbly. Can you find a painting of someone drinking from a slender flute of champagne? Hint: The artist is Dutch.

Please remember the UMFA will be closed December 25th and 26th, and January 1st and 2nd. Happy Holidays – all of them!


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