Excerpt from The Legend of the Christmas Rose: Five Christmas Paintings and Their Interpretations
While he sincerely wishes that the vase was more worthy of the ¿owers, yet the roses themselves have given such good cheer to his own heart, that he Offers them to others in the ... hope that their beauty and fragrance may bring comfort to the lonely and courage to the disheartened. The need to decorate life with a touch of beauty and brighten it with a touch Of joy is universal. The roses here presented are designed to meet this need, because they can be grown in the friendly soil Of any human heart, and like the famous rose Of the legend, they continue to bloom Whatever the external wintry conditions may be.
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