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A Fireside Christmas with Aurelius Battaglia

Friday, December 21, 2007

What better way to conclude the Countdown to Christmas than with another look at the work of Aurelius Battaglia from The Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs.

This is my final post for 2007. Here at Today's Inspiration World Headquarters, I'll be using the remaining time before Christmas to frantically finish up painting some home-made gifts for those hard-to-buy-for types on my list (and of course, wrapping, wrapping,wrapping... lordy, I hate wrapping!)

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, here's wishing you and yours a Merry Merry and a Happy New Year!

And speaking of New Years -- I'll be back on January 1st, 2008 with more art and info from the glorious days of Mid-20th Century illustration. Bye for now!

Aurelius Battaglia Flickr set


  1. One of the best things in this year, was knowing your amazing blog leif.
    Have a merry xmas and happy new year.

  2. Anonymous11:00 AM

    Leif - I agree with Pablo. I thank you for all the hard work that you clearly put in to this blog and for all the joy that it brings me. You are appreciated here in Seattle. Merry Christmas!

  3. What pleasure your labours have brought us all the year long, Lief. A Happy Christmas to you and yours!
    Bob Bollini

  4. Leif, A very merry Christmas to you and your whole family, and a happy new year too.

    I have enjoyed following your blog throughout 2007; it is perfectly named, because it does give me a daily dose of inspiration. Thank you for that, and in the classic words of Tiny Tim, god bless us, everyone!

  5. Wonderful, Battaglia is incredible. (just sad that pictures are so small...)

  6. Anonymous2:14 PM

    Thank you for all the work on this blog!
    Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

  7. Thank you for all the work on this blog!
    Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

  8. Sorry for the double post,just wanted to write a nickname and edit the post.

  9. Leif, I was exploring your blog and this post caught my eye. The illustrations and title of the book are very similar to a book I have in my own collection – but mine is called The Fireside Book of Folk Songs and is illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen. I'm sure you are familiar with those illustrators. I treasure this book very much, not only because the illustrations are so lovely, but my mom used to get us to sing from the book while she played the guitar or our family Hammond organ. Ahhh... memories...

    Ok, off to bed.





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