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An American Christmas with Norman Rockwell

The most beloved American illustrator of the 20th century always portrayed life as he wished it would be. And so it was that Norman Rockwell was most at home portraying the ideal family Christmas often with direct connections to Dickens and the English Yuletide Tradition. A bounty of Christmas posters, magazine covers, cards and even Norman Rockwell Christmas gifts will keep you entertained throughout. Your American-born Accredited Lecturer Charles Harris shares his own experiences of the ideal American Christmas from sleigh rides and ice-skating in the woods to trimming the tree and wondering how Santa got down the chimney. Light and lively Christmas fare!


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Already looking forward to the next day!

Wendy Devlin Fri, 03/12/2021 - 09:07 Permalink

Enjoyed this very much

Rosalind Salton Fri, 03/12/2021 - 09:07 Permalink

all good

Anonymous Fri, 03/12/2021 - 09:02 Permalink

Pure escapism. I will be looking out for Rockwell art now.

Jenny Gates Fri, 03/12/2021 - 08:57 Permalink

Wonderful, took me back to our simple Christmases long ago in childhood... family , love, very few presents and fun....

Gabriel Dupenois Fri, 03/12/2021 - 08:46 Permalink

I so enjoyed this presentation. Thank you.

Sue Doody Fri, 03/12/2021 - 08:45 Permalink

A time of the year when sending out Christmas cards is still appreciated. Wonderful explanation and insight into Norman Rockwell's idea of an ideal Xmas: family, food and simple fun.

Muriel Lowe Fri, 03/12/2021 - 08:41 Permalink

Brilliant. Looing forward to the rest.

Susan Allison Fri, 03/12/2021 - 08:31 Permalink

What a wonderful idea, looking forward to the next 21!

Jackie Fri, 03/12/2021 - 08:26 Permalink

I love that they have all been different genres, topics and ways of persenting the 'gift'. More please!

David Taylor Fri, 03/12/2021 - 08:19 Permalink