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Hills. Christmas Is Coming. Cecil Aldin. 1898. jpg

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Hills. Christmas Is Coming. Cecil Aldin. 1898. jpg

Illustration by Cecil Aldin depicting a kindly Father Christmas reciting the traditional song, " Christmas is Coming, the Goose is getting Fat" to a gaggle of obviously dim geese

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Cecil Aldin's enchanting illustration, "Christmas Is Coming. Cecil Aldin. 1898," captures the magical and humorous essence of the holiday season. In this delightful scene, Father Christmas, with his rosy cheeks and twinkling eyes, recites the traditional English rhyme, "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat," to a gaggle of unsuspecting geese. The geese, with their beady eyes and quizzical expressions, seem to be both bewildered and amused by the old man's rhyme. The tradition of Father Christmas visiting homes during the holiday season can be traced back to the 15th century, with the character evolving from St. Nicholas, a bishop from Myra, Turkey. Over time, Father Christmas became associated with gift-giving and merriment, and the image of a jolly, bearded man in a red suit became synonymous with the holiday. The rhyme "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat," is an old English Christmas carol that dates back to the 18th century. The rhyme is a counting-out rhyme, with each line adding a new item that is getting fatter or bigger as Christmas approaches. The rhyme is often recited as a game, with children taking turns to add an item and then eliminating the person who makes a mistake. Aldin's illustration captures the spirit of this tradition, with Father Christmas sharing the joy and laughter of the season with the geese. The snow-covered landscape in the background adds to the wintery atmosphere, making this a truly magical and heartwarming depiction of Christmas past. This illustration is a wonderful reminder of the history and traditions that make the holiday season so special.

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