Norman Rockwell's painting Home for Christmas has come to symbolize Christmas in America, just as Rockwell intended in 1967. Rockwell wanted the editors at McCall's to identify it as Stockbridge in the text - and they did. Norman Rockwell takes you on a Christmas Eve walk along Stockbridge's main street - past the public library, the antiques and gift shops, the insurance office, the supermarket behind its Greek-revival facade, the old town office, the new town bank and down the rambling Vicotria hotel, beyond which is Rockwell's own studio. McCall's reached out to its national audience by adding, "Wherever you happen to hail from - city, suburb, farm or ranch - we hope you will have, for a moment, the feeling of coming home for Christmas."
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