Christmas by Norman Rockwell
December 18, 1920 Issue of The Country Gentleman
Christmas, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman published December 18, 1920.
The Country Gentleman was published by Curtis Publishing Company. Curtis Publishing also published The Saturday Evening Post.
This painting was the twenty-fifth Country Gentleman cover by Rockwell. Rockwell illustrated thirty-five covers for The Country Gentleman starting in August 1917, the first Cousin Reginald cover, and continuing through April 1922. He became a regular fixture along the way.
Norman Rockwell's Christmas was published exactly one week before Christmas in 1920. Rockwell painted a Christmas scene almost every year, sometimes even having several Christmas paintings published at the same time.
This painting was only one of 34 Norman Rockwell Country Gentleman covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Country Gentleman scans.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
Here we see two boys and their dog. The group is walking back home through the snow. They have just chopped down their family's Christmas tree. We have to wonder how far from home they had to walk to find that perfect Christmas tree.
These boys are typical farm youth of the period. Notice how the smaller boy's coat is actually too big for him. Rockwell painted scenes from real life that were current with events.
The color of the sky indicates that they are hurrying home at sunset. They want to get home before darkness sets in and it gets even colder.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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