Christmas at the Van Allsburgs'
There it is again: that yearning to stop time. In a way, The Polar Express ends by stopping time, too. The narrator tells us that at one time most of his friends could hear the bell that Santa had left for him, but as the years passed, it had grown silent: “Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.” That bell’s sweet sound, still ringing, reminds readers of the importance of faith and holds us in that beautiful time of childhood, when Christmas lights do indeed twinkle all year round and bad things do not yet happen.
Lisa Van Allsburg’s Web site offers an impressive selection of menorahs, mezuzahs, and other Jewish ceremonial objects handcrafted by Rhode Island artists (including her husband): forgottenjudaica.com