As we approach Christmas, Stalking the Belle Époque will feature a look at some holiday-related items. We’ll continue our tour of the Christmas ornaments that I’ve collected over the last three decades. We’ll also have a look at some famous Christmas presents that have been given to notable historical figures during the last few centuries. Our usual journey into classic films will lead us into an exploration of two holiday favorites—the 1951 British film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the film version of raucous Broadway play, The Man Who Came to Dinner.
Our trek across the globe will land us in Atlanta, Georgia as we take a look at one of the Southern United States’ most unusual and attractive mansions—Rhodes Hall. Of course, as always, we’ll get glimpses into the world’s finest museums as we study the art and artifacts which have shaped our culture.