Christmas in Canada as always been about the snow!
Another fine Christmas image from the Quebec children’s magazine L’Oiseau Bleu.
I found this traditional depiction of Santa Claus in his thick fur jacket and mittens in the Christmas 1893 issue of Le Monde Illustre. He’s stands in front of a towering Christmas tree as he hands out toys to a long line of patiently waiting children. The caption reads: L’Arbre de noel. – La distribution faite par Papa Santa Claus. If you “click to enlarge: you’ll see the candle-lit Christmas tree with old-fashioned ornaments like a marionette, a drum and cornucopias.
A turn-of -the-century diptych from Le Monde Illustre, showing Catholic parishioners at prayer and a scene from the Holy Land.
Gloria in excelsis deo
The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec has a very rich collection of images available online including digitized pages such as this one taken from the 1900 Christmas issue of Le Monde Illustre. It caught my eye because it was inspired by the breathtakingly beautiful painting by French artist Bouguereau which you can see at Lucie’s Legacy: Merry Christmas With Love.
With Christmas upon us I thought it would be fun to find a Christmassy surname in my database to investigate and so I give you the Noels! A few days ago I listed three founding Noel couples of Quebec – all of whom came from France, however some Noels actually came to Quebec from the Channel Islands. One early Jersey couple were Edouard Noel and Marie Gauvreau. A later couple were John B. Noel and A. Butlin. Continue reading
Charles-Eugene Denoel/Noel | Adeline Chessman
November 30th, 1858
Pierre Noel/Nouel/Sansoucy | Marie-Louise Dupuyau
December 8th, 1749
Francois Noel | Nicole Legrand
October 22nd, 1669