Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Same Old Christmas Story Over by Thomas Nast in 1873, a decade after he began shaping indelibly for Eiustrations in Harper's Weekly and Christmas boots the Santa Clans image popnlar today. ove Spirit to Merry Christmas Illustration, attributed to John Boyd, in 1849 publication of "A Visit from St. Nicholas." DICKENS' "A vj Christmas Carol" and C.C. Moore's "A Visit from St. Nich- olas" the Night Before have been credit- ed with doing the most to give the favored modern concept of Yuletide joyous spirit. Both in fact, most mem- orable contributors to popular Christmas-time have owed much to imagery provided by artists. Moore's verses gained im- pact from drawings by Thomas Nast which enlivened and ex- panded earlier visualizations. Dickens' Cratchits, Scrooge, Fezziwig, and other characters in "Christmas Carol" are re- membered best as John Leech drew them in original editions. Works of other English art- ists William Hogarth, Thos. Eowlandson, George Cruik- shank, Randolph Caldecott, JohnTenniel, the pseudonymic "Alfred among be adornments of walls in a gallery of great Christmas illustrations, as would be paintings of Norman Rockwell, lithographs of Cur- rier Ives, drawings by A. B. .Frost, Nell Brinkley, Grace Drayton in the United States; W. Ralston in Australia; Jan Steen, the Brueghels, Ludwig Richter, Robin Jacques, Josef Kelbner, and more in Europe who made Scandinavian, Ger- man, French, annual albums of Christmas sentiment cherished internationally. Merry-makers (A) pictured by satirist 'George Cruikshank (1792-1878) in one of his classic "Alma- naks." He began a career in art as il- lustrator of Christ- mas gift books for children; endeared himself to earl y readers of Dickens with s p a r k 1 i n y, drawings for the "Sketches by Hablot Knight Browne was an- other artist discov- ered by renders of Dickens' fiction through "Pickwick Papers" and such Christinas illustra- tions IUH thin ...if only a Christmas party ONE astrologer ruined his reputation by writing in bad humor, "People born under the sign of Capri- corn, which extends Dec. 21-Jan. 19, get about the worst break in tho astro- logical calendar." He at- tached significance to the Capricorn's being synony- mous with goat, and made inference that Capricorn people tend to be thick in skull, obstinate, and "goats" by circumstance. This interpretation is be- lied by the numbers of persons born Capricorn under old or new calen- dars, who have achieved unflawed greatness in pur- suits requiring open-mind- edness, imagination, excel- lence to talents. (After all, billy goats are adept in meeting obstacles head on or leaping over The only circumstance sug- gestive of Capricorn peo- ple being ill-fated is having birthdays in. such proximity t o Christmas and New Years Day as to deprive them in younger years Of birthday parties of their very own. Evangeline Booth, Salvation Army general, was December 25 baby. Isaac Newton, discoverer of uni- versal law of gravity in 1685. Ava Gardner, siren, born Christmas Eve. of Capricorn astrologically be- JL gins coincidentally with winter solstice In Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice in Southern Hemisphere, prevalence of Halcyon Days everywhere. Evidence of its being a fa- vorable time genetically for possession by babies of attributes of success in any endeavor productive of greatness is apparent in even a brief roll of persons whose birthdays occurred between Dec. 21 and Jan. G the Twelfth Night when Yuletide festivities traditionally ended. A merely representative few: DEC. 2Ii Benjamin Disraeli, statesman; J.ean Henri Fabre, naturalist. DEC. 22i Deems Taylor, musician. DEC. 23: Charles Saint-Beauve, writer, phi- losopher; Anthony Trollope and Ward Greene. novelists; Giacomo Puccini, composer. DEC. 24: Christopher "Kit" Carson, Far "Western trailblazerj Humphrey Bogart, actor; Howard Hughes, financier; Ava Gardner, ac- tress (one of the beauties of whom Hughes was DEC. 25: Isaac Newton, scientist; Paul Man- ship, sculptor; Evangeline Booth, humanitar- ian; Robert L. Ripley, "Believe It or Not" art- ist-creator; Rebecca West (nom-de-plume of Cecily Fairfield) and Michael Sadleir, novel- ists; Gladys Swarthout, opera diva; Cabell "Cab" Galloway, musician. DEC. 26: Thomas Gray, poet; Geo. Romney, artist; Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth, novelist. DEC. 27: Johann Kepler and Louis Pasteur, scientists'; Louis Bromfield, novelist; Marlene Dietrich, actress. DEC. 28: St. John Ervine, dramatist; Wood- row Wilson, statesman. DEC. 29: Charles Goodyear, inventor; An- drew Johnson, statesman; Pablo Casals, mu- sician. DEC. 30: Rudyard Kipling, poet novelist; Stephen Leacock, mathematician-humorist. DEC. 311 Henri Matisse, artist. JAN. 11 Paul Revere, silversmith, engraver, and patriot; J. Edgar Hoover, FBI chief. JAN. 2: James Wolfe, soldier; Arlur Rodzin- ski, musician; E. Simms Campbell, popular comic artist. JAN. 3: Clement Atlee, statesman. JAN. 4i Louis Braille, humanitarian; Augus- tus John, painter. JAN. 5: Stephen Decatur, naval commander; Zebulon Pike, soldier-explorer. JAN. 6: Joan of Arc; Carl Sandburg, poet. The list could be prolonged into hundred! of eminent names, in proof of being fortuitoui for persons in anything but birthday parties. Cab Calloway, heigh-de-ho jazz classicist, has merry Christinas birthday.