2011–The 75th Anniversary of GWTW, the book, based in part on writings from the Mitchell family scrapbook, shown above.
“The week passed swiftly, like a dream, a dream fragrant with the smell of pine boughs and Christmas trees, bright with little candles and home-made tinsel, a dream where minutes flew as rapidly as heartbeats…”
Those are the words of Margaret Mitchell as she described the Christmas in Gone With The Wind when Ashley came home on leave.
The best Christmases are the romantic ones—not in the “girl-boy” sense, but in the old fashioned sense where we decorate our homes in themes of by-gone days. Most of us remember the holidays fondly—the smells of cookies baking, the twinkling lights on our tree, family coming together, watching Christmas shows, listening to holiday music. And of course—gift giving.
Mitchell included gift-giving in Gone With The Wind. She also included the best kind…the homemade gift.
“‘I’ve another present for you, Ashley,’ said Scarlett.
A little shy, now that the time had come to give it to him, she unrolled the package. It was a long yellow sash, made of thick China silk and edged with heavy fringe.
(He loved it.)
“Scarlett, it’s beautiful! Did you make it yourself? Then I’ll value it all the more. Put it on me, my dear. The boys will be green with envy when they see me in the glory of my new coat and sash.”
The happiness that goes with a great gift puts us on a high, but on the other hand the holidays can sometimes be a downer. Don’t forget all was not well in Gone With The Wind.
‘She had a Christmas present for Ashley, but it paled in insignificance beside the glory of Melanie’s gray coat…”
Scarlett’s holiday season was ruined in her mind because she was in love with Ashley but of course he was married to Melanie. The holidays can become so mixed up and stressed out if we let them. But I never let the stress or sad memories keep me from having a great Christmas holiday.
With a little planning we can have a fun, happy holiday season. Think about another part of the GWTW Christmas. They ate “the last chicken in Atlanta” and drank the special wine that Aunt Pittypat had put away. In the midst of a war, they were able to find some happiness.
I’ve looked around and seen all the problems people are going through so I’ve decided to use my writing skills to help you with ideas on how you can have the best Christmas—or Hanukkah ever. I don’t celebrate the “day”—I celebrate the month!
For the next month I will be doing daily blogs filled with ideas, tips, recipes, movies, books, articles, pretty much everything you would want to know about to enjoy the season. I hope you will click to my Christmas Blog and subscribe (it’s free of course). Then every day you can pick and choose what you want to read.
I ‘ve compiled a list of the Christmas television specials and movies which I’ll put in the blog each day–so even if that’s all you want it for, you can click to see what show is on.
Because I am devoting so much time to the Christmas Blog I will not be updating the Gone With The Wind blog as often.
Please check it out and make comments, let me know if you have ideas, share recipes or suggestions. Let’s have fun.
Though I am calling it a Christmas Blog we will celebrate Hanukkah too. There will be no “politically correctness” in this blog—it’s not a “holiday blog”—it’s a Christmas Blog and I hope you will join us!
By Sally Tippett Rains, Author of “The Making Of A Masterpiece, The True Story Of Margaret Mitchell’s Classic Novel, Gone With The Wind” (www.GWTWbook.com).