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Hometown Christmas

Beginning with my boyhood in Placerville, I have felt at home in a number of cities and towns, so I consider myself something of an expert on the subject of hometowns. I find that the places where I feel most comfortable share a sense of neighborhood, the familiarity of long-lived-in buildings, streets and gathering places where people come together in good fellowship, and above all, brightly lit homes warmed by the light of love.

I’ve chosen to honor this warmly American institution by portraying a hometown that I hope reminds you of your own during that pre-eminent celebration of home and family – the Christmas season. Hometown Christmas is not a snow scene, because many of the Christmases I most enjoyed growing up were not blessed with snow. They were, however, charmed by the warmth of hearth and home, a special light that radiates through the misty air on this joyous morning.

  • Thomas Kinkade continues to hide “love notes” in his paintings. He has hidden a total of five N’s in Hometown Christmas as an ongoing tribute to his wife of twenty years – Nanette.
  • An eagle is usually spotted in many of Thom’s paintings. The soaring birds in Hometown Christmas are eagles, which symbolize the freedom of the spirit of God.
  • Amidst the misty air, the brightly lit homes in Hometown Christmas warm the neighborhood during a time of celebration of family and of home, an essence of the Christmas season.
  • Half-hidden in the background stands a church, an institution of hope and faith, a centerpiece for a community to come together in good fellowship.
Title Hometown Christmas
Published September 2002
Subject Location Placerville, California
Collection Hometown Christmas I

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18" x 24"
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