Warm Hearts in the Cold Winter (Christmas History 7)

Windows into History

old christmas Irving’s essay was republished in “Old Christmas” in 1886, which included this illustration.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, a serial publication by Washington Irving from 1819 and 1820, is a collection of stories and essays, best known for the inclusion of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  Much lesser known, is an essay on Christmas, and it is interesting (and more than a little heart-warming) to read what Christmas meant to Irving.

Of all the old festivals, however, that of Christmas awakens the strongest and most heartfelt associations. There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality, and lifts the spirit to a state of hallowed and elevated enjoyment. The services of the church about this season are extremely tender and inspiring. They dwell on the beautiful story of the origin of our faith, and the pastoral scenes that accompanied its announcement. They…

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