Harcourt Algeranoff in USA - 24 December, 1921

from My Years With Pavlova, page 51:

Christmas was different in the U.S.A.  There were so many Christmas trees outside, and the Salvation Army stood at the street corners in the biting cold, ringing a hand-bell and collecting money in little cauldrons for the poor.  On Christmas Eve we went to a cinema where there was a spectacular Prologue, with the stage decked out in purple and gold – not the usual red and green of Christmas, and a choir of women in purple cassocks and huge white Eton collars singing ‘Holy Night’.

With the intolerance of youth, I found it hideously vulgar.  

cite as

Harcourt Algeranoff, My Years With Pavlova (London, 1957), p. 51. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1456510707870 accessed: 22 February, 2024

location of experience: USA


Harcourt Algeranoff
Ballet dancer

Listening to

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Holy Night performed by Choir of women
hand-bell ringing performed by Salvation Army

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 December, 1921
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:18:49 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:46:34 +0100