Graceland Christmas By Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade - Christmas at Graceland

 
Thomas Kinkade's October release Graceland Christmas.

     
Decorated Tree at Graceland Elvis and Priscilla at Graceland for Christmas Graceland at Christmas

 

"When as a young man I first explored Elvis Presley's fabled estate, I was surprised to discover that Graceland is at once grand and surprisingly intimate. Elvis seemed to be an ordinary person with the same hopes and aspirations of anyone else.

That is the spirit of Graceland Christmas, my second portrayal of the famous Graceland mansion. Here we see Elvis gathering presents in his role as family Santa. As he unloads gifts from the famous pink Cadillac, we are captivated by the twinkling tree lights that suggest the magic of the season. Colorful Christmas trees line the drive and the amber sunset suggests a frosty evening ahead. The glow from the porch and windows reminds us that all families, even that of the King of Rock'n Roll, will join joyously tonight to celebrate the season. I hope Graceland Christmas will be part of your Christmas celebration for many years to come."
- Thomas Kinkade

The Release of the Actual Canvas will be limited to the following sizes:
12" x 18" - canvas framed - from $750 - SN edition size of 395 (Only 8 Studio Proofs)*
18" x 27" - canvas framed - from $995 - SN edition size of 595 (Only 20 Studio Proofs)*
24" x 36" - canvas framed - from $1,680 - SN edition size of 295 (Only 8 Studio Proofs)*
28" x 42" - canvas framed - from $2,250 - SN edition size of 25 (Only 8 Studio Proofs)*

Interesting Facts:
1. Thom has included a total of 3 N's in Graceland Christmas as a gesture of love for his wife Nanette.

2. Elvis Presley's Graceland, a National Historic Landmark toured by over 600,000 annually, is one of America's most visited historic homes and features a festive seasonal display and exhibit for visitors during the Holidays each year.

3. As part of the tradition since Graceland opened for public tours in 1982, the annual Holiday lights display at the mansion is turned on during a public lighting ceremony at dusk on the day after Thanksgiving. This year, 2008, the ceremony is set to begin before Thanksgiving – on Friday November 21st – when Elvis' traditional lights and decorations on the mansion property will come to life during a special lighting ceremony at the front gates of Graceland.

4. Beginning with his first Christmas at Graceland in 1957, Elvis had a Santa, sleigh and reindeer displayed on the front lawn with the message "Merry Christmas to All, Elvis" spelled out above it. A replica of the original sign is in use today. The original was found in Graceland's barn during spring cleaning several years ago and is currently in climate controlled storage for preservation purposes.

5. Giving a new meaning to Blue Christmas, Elvis himself made the decision to line the winding driveway of Graceland with hundreds of blue light bulbs. His father Vernon often joked that he was lucky if a plane didn't try to land at Graceland, thinking it was an airport runway.

6. Throughout the Graceland mansion tour, various Christmas gifts are displayed for visitors to see including a set of bongo drums Priscilla Presley gave to Elvis and his beloved Bible, given to him by the entourage known as the Memphis Mafia. Another rare artifact on display during the Holidays is a portable television Elvis gave his Mother, Gladys, in 1957.

7. The life size nativity scene displayed on Graceland's front lawn along with several aluminum trees that line the front of the house were first used by Elvis starting in the early 1960's and remain in use today. The interior of the Graceland mansion is normally decked in Elvis's Christmas décor for the Holiday season and includes Presley family Christmas artifacts on display around the decorated trees.

8. Starting in the 60's, Elvis decided to have the draperies in the front rooms of the Graceland Mansion switched from the traditional blue to a festive red for the Holidays. Members of the Presley family routinely sneak back to Graceland each year for a private celebration during the Holiday season where they exchange gifts in the Jungle Room and enjoy a southern style home cooked meal in the formal dinning room.

Collectors who PRE-ORDER this piece will receive a Very Special
Silk Screen Remarque & SIGNATURE by Thomas Kinkade.
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