The Christmas Coach

The Christmas Coach, Norman Rockwell, Dec. 28, 1935
The Christmas Coach, Norman Rockwell, Dec. 28, 1935

The kids and I brought home a book about Norman Rockwell on our last library trip. I learned a few new things about him: he was a skinny stick of a boy with a bigger, athletic brother. His father read books out loud to the family–books like Oliver Twist and David Copperfield by Dickens. And the compositions of his paintings and illustrations direct the viewer right to the point of the painting. Looking at this lovely Christmas painting, I’d say Rockwell is commenting on the joy and wonder of Christmas as seen on the expressions of the mother and child in the coach. And surrounding that joy and wonder? Lots of expectation, fun, noisiness, and grandeur.

May your Christmas coach plow through the season without getting stuck!

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