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    Norman Rockwell and the Christmas holiday had a deep and lasting relationship. This memorable Saturday Evening Post cover from Dec. 25, 1948, known as "Christmas Homecoming" conveys a poignant and festive holiday scene with minimal references to Christmas. Rockwell's wife, Mary, hugs son Jarvis as he returns from school, while son Peter with eyeglasses is in the left corner, son Tom with mouth agape stands near center and Rockwell himself takes in the scene, at right, while smoking a pipe.
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    Rockwell moved to Stockbridge, Mass., in 1953. Look closely and you can see Rockwell peering from his studio window located in the very center of Main Street. The Saturday Evening Post published a series of these photographs to announce to its readers that Rockwell had moved into town.
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    "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas" was begun in 1956 and completed for McCall's magazine in 1967. The oil painting took more than 10 years to complete, which showcased both 1950s dress and '60s-style automobiles. It now hangs proudly in the Norman Rockwell Museum located in Stockbridge, Mass.
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    Norman Rockwell poses in his studio with "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas" upon its completion in 1967. It took well over 100 reference photographs of Main Street by Rockwell's assistant Louie Lamone to help set the scene.
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    America and the American family were at the core of Rockwell's work. His name has become synonymous with the small-town values he so often depicted. "I showed the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed," he said.
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    Main Street comes alive for the 20th annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration, complete with vintage automobiles parked in the spots occupied in Normal Rockwell's original painting. Festivities also include horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and a visit from Santa.
    ABC News
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    The charming Red Lion Inn is Stockbridge's center of attention along Main Street. It was dark during the creation of Rockwell's painting, but today it is open year-round and brings in visitors from all over the world.
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    Chicago-based ABC News correspondent Chris Bury interviews Stephanie Plunkett, chief curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum. The museum now possesses a new exhibit that reveals Rockwell's rarely seen study photographs. "Norman Rockwell was a natural storyteller with an unerring eye for detail," Plunkett said. "Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera" is on view at the museum until May 2010.
    Jessica Barton
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