December 7, 2009
Did the Leader of Christian Science give Christmas presents? Indeed she did. And she gave gifts on special occasions, and remembrances to thank or encourage people - a great many gifts over the years. The December Image Gallery presents selected items from Longyear's collection of gifts and greetings from Mrs. Eddy.
The selected images illustrate what Mrs. Eddy liked to give: books - her own, and works by other authors; also gold jewelry, framed photographs, clocks and watches, and a variety of other useful and enjoyable things.
The nine items in this picture-story include: Mrs. Eddy's 1884 Christmas card with the poem "The Last Rose of Summer," by Thomas Moore; her illustrated poem Christ and Christmas, sent as a gift to her friend Mary Beecher Longyear in 1910; a birthday present to her student Ira Knapp - a gift intended to teach Knapp a lesson; and a painted-wood Noah's Ark with animals, which she gave to young Helen Dadmun, the child of her neighbor on North State Street in Concord, New Hampshire.View All News