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Merry Christmas!

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All the best for the holidays and for 2017

Stratford City Hall lit up for Christmas, circa 1960. "O City Hall, O City Hall. How lovely are your Christmases!"

Circa 1960 – Christmas lights at the Stratford City Hall in Stratford, Ontario: “O City Hall, O City Hall, How lovely are your Christmases!” (Image courtesy Alex Wilson Publications Limited, Dryden, Ontario)

 

Here are holiday snaps of James Reaney and his family from December 1964:

James Reaney with his son James Stewart Reaney visiting teh farm near Stratford, Ontario, December 1964.

December 1964: James Reaney (Jamie) with his son James Stewart Reaney visiting the farm near Stratford, Ontario.

The Reaney Family at hoem in London, Ontario during the Christmas holidays December 1964.

December 1964 in London, Ontario: Colleen, Jamie, James Stewart (age 12), John (age 10), and Susan (age 5) assisted by friends Eleanor Catto and Broughdaler Steve Keene.

The Reaneys 1964

December 1964 in London, Ontario: The Reaney Family and friends

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

The snow fence drawing and the poem appeared on the December 1960 Christmas card designed by James Reaney.

The snow fence drawing and the poem appeared on the December 1960 Christmas card designed by James Reaney.

Beside the road the snow fence stands
And holds the snow in slatty hands.
Once our humanity did hold
A dove of white, a boy of gold.

James Reaney, 1960

James Reaney and Ian Chunn (son-in-law) with granddaughter Edie Reaney Chunn, December 25, 1996 in London, Ontario.

James Reaney and Ian Chunn (son-in-law) with granddaughter Edie Reaney Chunn, December 25, 1996 in London, Ontario.

James Reaney on a winter walk with his son James Stewart Reaney, December 25, 1996.

James Reaney on a winter walk with his son James Stewart Reaney, December 25, 1996.

Merry Christmas!

"Hark! Who knocks at our door so late?" Watercolour sketch by James Reaney, undated. (Possibly from 2001 and perhaps based on a childhood drawing or an illustration for a story. The old house, the tree, and the windmill are like the farmhouse near Stratford where James Reaney grew up.

“Hark! Who knocks at our door so late?” Watercolour sketch by James Reaney, undated. (Possibly from 2001 and perhaps based on a childhood drawing or an illustration for a story. The old house, the tree, and the windmill are like the farmhouse near Stratford where James Reaney grew up.)

All the best for the holidays and for 2015

December 25, 1996 in London, Ontario: James Reaney at the piano with his granddaughter, Edie Reaney Chunn (age 3 months), and his son-in-law, Ian Chunn. Photo by Wilma McCaig.

December 26, 1996 in London, Ontario: James Reaney at the piano with his granddaughter, Edie Reaney Chunn (age 3 months), and his son-in-law, Ian Chunn. Photo by Wilma McCaig.

 

December 25, 1996 in London, Ontario: James Reaney with granddaughter Edie and daughter Susan Reaney. Photo by Susan Wallace.

December 25, 1996 in London, Ontario: James Reaney with granddaughter Edie and daughter Susan Reaney. Photo by Susan Wallace.

 

Merry Christmas!

"Winter Sky" design by James Reaney, <a href=

Winter Sunset
Fading slow.
Dark trees, red sun
White snow.

Short the days
And long the nights
Until our earth
Sets things to rights

All the best for the holidays and for 2014

December 25, 1985 in London, Ontario: James Reaney at the piano accompanied by his granddaughter, Elizabeth Reaney, and his son, James Stewart Reaney. Photo by Susan Wallace.

December 25, 1985 in London, Ontario: James Reaney at the piano accompanied by his granddaughter, Elizabeth Reaney, and his son, James Stewart Reaney. Photo by Susan Wallace.

Merry Christmas!

Linocut by James Reaney, 1965

 

On his birthday there is a blue sky
In the swale there’s clear ice
Two boys  skate an X, the Greek letter Chi
Because it stands for Christ

MERRY CHRISTMAS

from the Reaneys
1965

James Reaney made this linocut design in December 1965 and printed a set of Christmas cards for friends and family at the Alphabet Press in London, Ontario.

Merry Christmas and All the best for 2013!

Merry Christmas!

“Angel” woodcut by James Reaney, 1980

Yes we are that too: we are everything who feel it.
Everything that has meaning has the same meaning as angels: these
hoverers and whirrers: occupied with us.

When the band of the moment breaks there will come angelic
recurrence.

— Colleen Thibaudeau Reaney, from “This Elastic Moment”

All the best for the holidays and for 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Here are some photos from Stratford Central Secondary School‘s recent production of Mimi Lights the Candle, a Christmas play James Reaney wrote in 1943 when he was a student.

On Christmas Eve, Laura, Mimi’s long-absent mother, returns home.

Mimi:      But you came!

Laura:     Yes, because it was Christmas. My money was nearly gone,
but I managed to pay my fare here. And then Mimi’s candle drew me.

November 26, 2010: Stratford Central Secondary School students in a scene from Mimi Lights the Candle. Photo by Wilma McCaig.

November 26, 2010: Carollers from Mimi Lights the Candle, Stratford Central Secondary School. Photo by Wilma McCaig.

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