Christmas: Gramps in Snow by Norman Rockwell
December 25, 1937 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Christmas: Gramps in Snow, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published December 10, 1937.
The alternate title for this painting is just Mistletoe.
This painting was Rockwell's one-hundred-seventy-seventh overall picture featured on the cover of The Post and the sixth Rockwell cover in 1937. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover six times in 1937.
Christmas: Gramps in Snow
Here is another famous Norman Rockwell Christmas illustration.
You might ask "What does this painting have to do with Christmas?" And that is a very reasonable question.
Of course, the caption assures us that this is a Christmas picture.
Christmas: Gramps in Snow was only one of 322 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers;
Here is the list of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
Besides the man's rosy cheeks and the warm looking clothes he is wearing, there are only a few other clues. It is obviously winter. The man is wearing mittens, a top hat, heavy wool coat and a thick scarf. But winter doesn't necessarily mean Christmas.
Look carefully on his lapel. There is a sprig of holly, a leaf and three berries, pinned to his lapel. A clue!
The only other clue is the jolly look on the man's face. Rockwell captured the gleam in his eyes and the joyful smile on his face. His jolly mood was captured for all eternity by Rockwell's brush and canvas.
Now that says Christmas...
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