That Pre-Christmas Spirit In Art And Illustration


Snow, warm yellow light coming out of cosy buildings, villages coming together, decorated trees, love, bell towers, churches, white people… The illustrations below are largely from 20th century illustration and convey the Christian American hygge of December.

Jack Welch Christmas Main Street
Main Street At Christmas by Peter Helck for the Dec 1944 edition of Country Gentleman
A Christmas Card By Jenny Nystrom
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Dec 1940
Pauli Ebner (1873 – 1949, Austrian) Christmas Street
Woman's Home Companion December 1924
Woman’s Home Companion December 1924
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Dec 1947 cover art by Francis Chase ‘Christmas 1947’
On my way to Midnight Mass by Paul Caron (La Belle Province) 1900
Clarence Gagnon (Canadian 1881-1942) Midnight Mass 1933
Stepan Kolesnikov (1879-1955) Christmas
Henry Hintermeister Christmas Stockings
Country Gentleman 12-1945, Merry Christmas F Hook. A young girl clutches The Night Before Christmas
1937 DEC COUNTRY GENTLEMAN MAGAZINE cover art
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Dec 1952
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Dec 1952
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Dec 1938 ERLE STANLEY GARDNER
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Dec 1938 ERLE STANLEY GARDNER
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Dec 1945 cover art by Henry Soulen ‘Christmas Carollers’ (More Christmas Carollers in Art)
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Magazine DECEMBER 1928
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Magazine DECEMBER 1928
The Night Before Christmas by Denslow, 1903
BLUE BOOK (Pulp Magazine) Christmas December 1949
BLUE BOOK (Pulp Magazine) Christmas December 1949
Lizzie Lawson ‘The Christmas Fairy’ 1885
Arthur Getz for a 1963 issue of The New Yorker
Arthur Getz for a 1965 issue of The New Yorker
December 1959 Argosy Magazine cover
Ralph Barton (1891-1931) 1930