December 26, 2016

A Merry White Christmas!

The Lindenwoods Delight in Christmas Festivities!
 Lydia Lindenwood has been collecting some greens for the Christmas festivities.
How lovely her silk gown glows in the light!

Byberry Cottage, home of Susan Fenimore Cooper, the authoress of "Rural Hours", published 1850.

This book, "Little Bird Red and Little Bird Blue, A Tale of the Woods" by M. Betham Edwards, originally belonged to Susan Fenimore Cooper's niece Susie Cooper. She received it as a Christmas gift in 1863.

Little Priscilla Lindenwood admires the dove on the Christmas tree.
The Lindenwoods of Corgyncombe are Queen Anne English wooden dolls made by talented dollmaker Kathy Patterson.

"Susie Cooper with a Merry Christmas"

The trim on Byberry Cottage reminds us of the lace on Lydia Lindenwood's gown!

 "December 19th, Long walk over the hills. We passed a cart standing in the woods, well loaded with Christmas greens, for our parish church. Pine and hemlock are the branches commonly used among us for the purpose; the hemlock, with its flexible twigs, and the grayish reverse of its foliage, produces a very pretty effect. We contributed a basket-full of ground-pine, both the erect and running kinds, with some glittering club-moss, and glossy pipsissiwa, for our share; it is not every year that we can procure these more delicate plants, as the snow is often too deep to find them."
~ "Rural Hours", published 1850,
by Susan Fenimore Cooper

The church the Coopers attended. How lovely it is in the new fallen snow!
Susan's father James Fenimore Cooper saw to the remodeling of the church in the Gothic Revival style in 1840.
The Cooper family is buried in the churchyard.

"December 25th, Christmas-day - But even under a cloudy sky, Christmas must always be a happy, cheerful day; the bright fires, the fresh and fragrant greens, the friendly gifts, and words of good-will, the "Merry Christmas" smiles on most faces one meets, give a warm glow to the day, in spite of a dull sky, and make up an humble accompaniment for the exalted associations of the festival, as it is celebrated in solemn, public worship, and kept by the hearts of believing Christians. "
~ "Rural Hours", published 1850,
by Susan Fenimore Cooper

The Lindenwoods and Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe, decorating their Christmas tree with garland.

Susan Fenimore Cooper refers to snowflakes as "spangles". How delightful!

"Cold. Walked in the afternoon. It began to snow while we were out; but one minds the falling snow very little; it is no serious obstacle like rain. The pretty, white spangles, as they fell on our muffs, in their regular but varied shapes, recalled a passage in Clarke's Travels in Russia, where he admires the same delicate frost-work as a novelty. It is common enough in this part of the world. Since Mr. Clarke's day these pretty spangles have received the compliment of a serious examination, they have actually been studied, and drawn in all their varieties. Like all natural objects, they are very admirable in their construction, and they are very beautiful also."
~ "Rural Hours", published 1850,
by Susan Fenimore Cooper

"December 25th, Christmas-day - It is, in good sooth, Merry Christmas! The day is bright with blessings; all its hours are beaming with good and kindly feelings, with true and holy joys."
~ "Rural Hours", published 1850,
by Susan Fenimore Cooper

We at the Corgyncombe Courant hope our
Dear Readers had a very Merry Christmas!

Here is a link to a past post at the Corgyncombe Courant with other little dolls enjoying their Christmas tree:
Little Girls' Joys at Christmastide

Some of the photographs and some of the writings on this post are from previous Corgyncombe Courant posts that can be found here on the Corgyncombe Courant and from our web site and our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

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