Lady Ottoline Morrell; Norman Notley; Lady (Gladys Mary) Juliet Duff (née Lowther); Edith Olivier and others
(photo is as always, with thanks to the National Portrait Gallery that holds a stunning collection of photographs from Lady Ottoline's scrapbooks, etc. Visit HERE)
Imagine the wonder of a child's Christmas in 1927 ?
A tree lit with candles tied to its branches.
A mother that shares your Christmas wonder.
Maybe a train set, or a doll- christened Patricia under the tree*
A box full of red apples, tart oranges, and peppermint sticks.*
Yes,Virginia" there is a Santa Claus.
He exists as certainly as love
and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and
give to your life its highest beauty and joy.
Alas! how dreary would be
the world if there were no Santa Claus.
It would be as dreary as if
there were no VIRGINIAS.
There would be no Childlike Faith then, no
poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.
We should have no
enjoyment, except in sense and sight.
The eternal light with which
childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
This year Renew Your ChildLike FAITH in all things!
Merry Christmas~ Gaye
My mother's favorite Christmas present as a child-and Yes Virginia-she named that doll Patricia. From
an affluent family at the height of the Depression, my mother,born in
1930, remembers a single-and special gift most Christmases, and a box
wrapped in colorful papers holding fruit & candy. This was her
Christmas. What a contrast with today's horde.
& a Note on Virginia: Virginia
O'Hanlan became a teacher & school administrator, earning her
masters from Columbia, and doctorate from Fordham University. (read morehere)