Each year the Christmas Book is presented to the school during the Yule Festival. Every student designs a page and members of the senior class design and construct a case. Though the books vary in style, each is unique and beautiful.
“I had always felt that those books were visible evidence of the heart of High Mowing, through work both academic and creative,” Mrs. Emmet wrote in Farm to School.
This tradition began in 1942, the year the school was founded. However, when much of High Mowing burned to the ground on January 18, 1970, all of the Christmas Books were lost. “Their burning is perhaps the greatest loss of the fire,” Mrs. Emmet wrote. “There was real beauty, real poetry and tireless effort in those books, unique, alive, and irreplaceable.”
After the fire, the class of 1970 put together a new book for Mrs. Emmet and presented it to her on Valentine's Day of that year. The exterior of that book is made from some of the few remaining clapboards of the house that burned. All of the books made since 1970 remain at High Mowing, and can be viewed in chronological order in the slideshow below.
Photos taken by Jeremy Gillam ‘09
Friday December, 20, 2013 at 03:10PM
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