Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

A Christmas Album

Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

A Christmas Album

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Ah! Snow! "Even folks who 'dread the winter' will still hanker for 'a little snow on Christmas Eve,'" a famous Post editor noted many years ago. "And in those parts of the world, including much of our own Southland, where snow seldom falls, people take the symbol of 'white Christmas' to their hearts and pay no attention to their climate in selecting winter-wonderland Christmas Cards."

Our illustrators, often working far ahead in the hottest days of summer, must have had to climb into their family freezer for inspiration, or maybe they just read the descriptions of winter by noted nature writer Donald Culross Peattie: "[Winter] days have a bite like that you'll get when you set your teeth in a winey apple. The sun is welcome as at no other time, and finds a million diamonds to dance on, and at night the stars step forth with a grandeur and brilliance unknown to summer's skies."

However they accomplished it, the resulting paintings always captured the inner glow of the holiday whether indoors or out, bringing their viewers a truly white Christmas no matter where they were.

As another writer noted, the message of snow and the message of Christmas are clear: "One snowstorm, and the sad and bad old world we know so well has turned a new page. All is fair and new and pure, waiting to be inscribed."

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

--NORMAN VINCENT PEALE

ROCKWELL KENT, COUNTRY GENTLEMAN, DECEMBER 1943

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The merry family gathering--the old, the very young: the strangely lovely way they harmonize in carols sung. …

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