I was surprised this year to find that there are far fewer Christmassy scenes in churches than you might expect. I imagined there'd be all sorts of Christmas card possibilities (I'm thinking of snow, robins, trees and lights rather than angels and Nativity scenes), but in fact there are not many.
Except in the windows designed by Christopher Webb who managed to include all sorts of Christmas card clichés in several of his commissions, which I think are all the more delightful for them.
I may not particularly like these scenes on greetings cards, but in church windows they look very different and represent an important change in subject matter from pre-WW2 to post-WW2 when real people in contemporary clothes and scenes, doing ordinary, everyday things started to appear in stained glass. These these are the details I love discovering, and C Webb (as opposed to G Webb, his older brother, who favoured angels who look like 1920s débutantes) made several 'Benedicite' windows which are absolute delights of post-war illustration.
He wasn't afraid to use bare trees, Christmas trees, cold winds, foxes in snow, and children enjoying winter more than once,
as these details from his windows in two different windows show.
And he had a way with flame-gazing and hand-warming (I'm using the photo below again as it's so unusual in stained glass)
which makes you want roast chestnuts and a roaring fire and every seasonal cliché you can think of.
There we are. Season's greetings.