12.22.2009

Jolly Old Santa Claus


"Can I borry this book please Aunty?" The visitin' chile has quietly turned the pages back an' forth in wonder.

"Oh Angel, mebbe it needs to live here fer a while wif' Uncle an me on account of it is a very OLE book. But someday it will need a good place to live --a place where someone will love it an be sure it comes out at Christmas time. When that time comes, I reckon I should send it over to yore house. Would ya give a good place to live an' be sure lots of chillen's can look at it? "



Curious, I checked the ole book sources fer the original versions of Jolly Old Santa Claus, illustrations by George Hinke. Mercy! The hardcover original is about $400. But ours is worth much much more---ain't no price to set on a book loved by many members of yore clan.

Merry Christmas, y'all!

14 comments:

K9 said...

i have seen this book!! it is amazing. i considered stealing it even. however, i believe when you do bad things at christmastime hellfire is even hotter!

grrrrrrherhahahaha

i also want to steal the ONE copy of the gustav klimt landscape book at the GSU library. im the only one whoever checks it out. nobody will miss it. i will say i lost it and pay to "replace" it. good luck! out of print.

oh but i digress....


Merry Christmas, aunty!

Kymical Reactions said...

Merry Christmas, Auntie, to you and yours.

Pam said...

It is a beautiful book indeed and I hope your Christmas present was finding out you have an original hardcover edition. Merry Christmas to you and yours. And pray for K9 because temptation in the way of a Gustav Klimt book has come her way, and who can blame her?

Boxer said...

Merry Christmas Aunty. Wishing you and yours a most lovely Holiday. xoxox.

Karl said...

Merry Christmas Aunty Belle!

TROLL Y2K said...

Merry Christmas, Aunty!

Never heard of the book but I like the artwork.

Buzz Kill said...

We have a very old The Night Before Christmas Pop-up book that the kids use to look at when they were small. Maybe I'll get it out this year and see what happens.

Merry Christmas to you, Uncle and Granny.

moi said...

What a gorgeous book! As children, my brother and I each had Advent Calendars that were beautifully illustrated like that – I remember a similar feeling of proud possession each year they were brought out.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Aunty!

ANNA-LYS said...

Good Yule!

From a snow white Sweden :-)

LaDivaCucina said...

I love the intricate art work, if I was a kid I'm certain I would be fascinated with it! (As an adult too)

It amazes me how I remember certain books from my youth and could look at them for hours. I loved Where the Wild Things Are. We had an animal book that I just adored and always wanted to go to Madagascar to see an actual sloth or lemur!

Happy Christmas Aunty to you and yours and wishing you a bountiful New Year! x

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fishy said...

Merry Christmas Aunty to you and the Clan and, of course, your granny cracker.

Love this wonderful, magical , classical Christmas memory. We are book lovers here at the Pond. Part of our Christmas
"decorations" is to put all the Christmas stories out from Blowfish's childhood, mine and Mermaids. I read these throughout the holidays and pack them carefully every year so they will be around for future generations to enjoy. Don't know as we have any as valuable as yours, but prize each and every one.

edifice rex said...

Merry Christmas Aunty!!!

Big Shamu said...

Merry Christmas Aunty, hope you had a safe, warm and wonderful holiday with your family.