No Room at the Inn

In this peaceful scene, we no-room-at-the-innsee Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus surrounded by shepherds, sheep and other animals. The title of this jigsaw puzzle says that there was no room at the inn. What could this title be referring to? It is from the second chapter of the book of Luke in the Bible. It says –

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Such a peaceful scene for a beautiful Christmas morning! You can find it and other Christmas jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Thomas Kinkade’s Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas Thomas KinkadeThe Victorian Era took place from the 1830s to 1901. It was named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain who ruled during that time period. It was a period of time that was characterized by a growing Middle Class, peace, prosperity, leisure, better health and a greater emphasis on families, especially larger families in which the parents got married at a young age.

We can see some of these qualities in this picture created by Thomas Kinkade. He shows children playing in the snow, families walking home possibly from the Christmas Eve church service, a beautiful ornate home and peacefulness. This picture is a lovely, sentimental trip into the past to see how our ancestors enjoyed the Christmas Season. You can find it and other Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

 

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A Golden Autumn

AtGolden Retriever first glance, this puzzle’s title “A Golden Autumn” seems to refer to the golden colors of this fall picture. But the sight of this gorgeous golden retriever, makes one believe that the artist, Larry Chandler, really meant to draw attention to this golden retriever. In fact, I would say that it’s name is really “Autumn”.

The artist is well-known for his wildlife paintings, especially retrievers. He created very lifelike paintings of such loving, beautiful dogs before his passing in 2007. If you have a dog lover on your Christmas list, this puzzle would be a true treat for that person. You can find it and other Dog Jigsaw Puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Autumn Chapel

When Autumn Chapel Mark KeathleyI look at this painting by artist Mark Keathley, a sense of peace comes over me. The light shining amidst the darkening autumn light with the white and red standing out draws me to pause in my day to rest and reflect just as the driver of the horse and buggy is being invited to stop at the church.

I can imagine the driver thinking similar thoughts as mine as we approach Thanksgiving Day in the United States ~

Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God has done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, *Count your many blessings, see what God has done. by Johnson Oatman Jr

You can purchase this jigsaw puzzle entitled Autumn Chapel and other Christian/Religious/Angel jigsaw puzzles at A + Puzzles, Etc.

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Fall at the Covered Bridge

Fall at Covered Bridge Sung KimFall is a beautiful time of the year. The leaves on the trees turn into glorious colors which are showcased on the hills in this picture. The addition of a covered bridge adds to the sense of tranquility.  They were built to give pedestrians a place to pause during storms.

Covered bridges have been in the United States since the early 1800s. Pennsylvania has the most covered bridges out of any other state in the USA with Ohio being second. You can purchase this jigsaw puzzle, by South Korean born artist Sung Kim, entitled Fall at the Covered Bridge and other Nature/Landscape/Ocean themed jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Native American Art: Grandfather Earth

Native American Art Grandfather EarthNovember is Native American Heritage Month in the United States.  A well known aspect of Native Americans’ heritage is the Grand Canyon. According to artist David Behrens, the “Grand Canyon has only been a tourist destination for the past century, but for ancient canyon dwellers it has been their sacred homeland for thousands of years.”

Two of these ancient dwellers are the Havasupai and Hualapai peopleThese two groups have lived in or near the Grand Canyon for at least 800 years. Before them, the Ancestral Puebloans lived there. These ancient Puebloans are thusly named because their homes are not in the form of tipis or longhouses, but in the form of apartments built on top of each other.  An example of an ancient pueblo town is found at Mesa Verde National Park. Both groups of Native Americans relied on agriculture [especially raising maize or corn], hunting and gathering for food. Recently though, the Havasupai have added tourism as a major form of income for the tribe.

As you and your loved ones assemble this jigsaw puzzle entitled Grandfather Earth, it can help begin discussions about Native American history, the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service and outdoor activities such as: hiking, back packing and camping. You can find this jigsaw puzzle and other Native American jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Hope Diamond: Curator’s Desk

Hope Diamond Curator DeskThe Hope Diamond is a legendary diamond created in the 1660s for King Louis XIV with a weight of over 45 carats. According to the  Encyclopedia Smithsonian, it was once called “French Blue” for its violet color. It has a note of mystery about it due to its large size [even though it was much larger at one time], being owned by French king and disappearance of it for about 20 years. It has had different owners until 1958 when it was donated to the Smithsonian Institution.

We have four other Hope Diamond theme jigsaw puzzles for sale from our Ceaco themed jigsaw puzzles : Equipment Room, Jungle Bluff, Gift Shop and Owl Tower. Each jigsaw puzzle is filled with interesting detail which will spark many good discussions with friends and family who will help you with this puzzle., You can find them or this featured jigsaw puzzle entitled Smithsonian Hope Diamond: The Curator’s Desk at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Fall Deer Tracks

Dan Christ Fall Deer TracksWildlife artist and Pennsylvanian, Dan Christ, has over forty years of observing and painting wildlife especially deer and turkey. This jigsaw puzzle entitled Fall Deer Tracks is a beautiful example of a scene found along any railroad track in Pennsylvania at this time of the year. The deer have been foraging for food amongst the golden, fallen leaves when suddenly they realize that the train is falling. It is this tense moment which the artist has captured in this scene entitled Fall Deer Tracks.

You can find this jigsaw puzzle and other Nature/Landscape/Ocean puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Grandpa’s Pumpkins

Jack Sorenson Grandpas PumpkinsA favorite part of fall includes all things pumpkin. As you drive along country roads, you can see pumpkin patches and pumpkins for sale at roadside stands. In this picture entitled Grandpa’s Pumpkins, by artist Jack Sorenson,  we see a heart warming scene of a farm-raised boy helping his grandfather pick pumpkins for their roadside stand.

As you and your loved ones assemble this jigsaw puzzle, you can share stories of life on a farm or times in which you and your grandparents did things together. You can find this and other Sunsout jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Cocoa Kitty

Kittens are such fun creatures. They love to explore their world and are not afraid to try new things, such as what this kitten is doing with someone’s hot cocoa at Christmas time. Can you imagine what other mischief this kitten has gotten in to? Maybe it has opened some of the presents under the Christmas tree? Or maybe it has stolen some of Santa’s cookies?

AChristmas Cocoa Kittys you and your loved ones assemble this jigsaw puzzle entitled Christmas Puzzle: Cocoa Kitty, you can use your imagination to describe other things into which this cute kitty has gotten itself.  You can find it and other kitten or Christmas jigsaw puzzles on our Dogs/Cats/Birds/Rabbits Etc page or on our Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles page at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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