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Christmas Eve 1825
Żelazowa Wola. Fryderyk Chopin in his letter to Jan Białobłocki: "You would never guess where I am writing this letter!... You will think that I mean second door of the Kazimirowski palace?... No. So maybe…. Do not think where, because you’d do it in vain, it’s Żelazowa Wola. One riddle is solved, but now guess when I am writing, when?... You would never guess, that’s why I have to tell you that I am writing after having got off from the coach and before sitting to the Christmas table. Fortune wanted it to happen, even though Mother didn’t want me to travel very much, however, nothing could help it, and me, and Ludwika are in Żelazowa Wola. New Year is coming, so I should wish you something, but what? You have everything, so I wish you only good health, which you are soon to recover."

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Christmas Eve 1830
24–25 December 1830. Chopin spends Christmas alone in Vienna. In his letter to Jan Matuszyński (26 December) he describes his grim mood during late visit in the St. Stephen's Cathedral: "Alone at 12 o’clock with slow pace I strolled to the St. Stephen's. I came in, there were no people yet. Not for the mass, but to see this huge building at this hour I walked to the darkest corner at the foundation of the gothic pillar. It cannot be described: this greatness, the size of the huge vaults, all was quiet, sometimes only the pace of the sexton putting fire to the candles in the temple interrupted my lethargy. A grave behind me, a grave below me… only the grave above me was missing. I started to notice the grim harmony… I felt my loneliness more than anywhere else; I liked to take in this great view until people and lights started to increase in number. Here, hidden behind the lapels of my coat, like in the past – do You remember? on Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, I went to listen to the music to the Caesar Chapel. On my way, not alone anymore, but with myriads of groups of cheerful people I run through the most beautiful streets of Vienna to the Castle, where, after three compositions of not the best, played in a sleepy manner, mass I came back home at 1 pm. and I went to sleep."
  • Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral – www.stephanskirche.at

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Christmas Eve 1836
Chopin with Adam Mickiewicz and Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz spend the Christmas Eve at Eustachy Januszkiewicz: "The old Julian [...] described to us, children, the times of the Great Sejm. The unequalled Chopin performed, sang, improvised…"

Christmas Eve 1845
Paris. Chopin in his letter to the family (written from 12 to 26 December): "The bell is making noise all the time [!] at the door. Today everybody at home are sneezing. – I have intolerable cough, but this is nothing weird, but the Lady of the House has such a strong cold and sore throat that she is confined to her room, which makes her very impatient. The more healthy you are, the more patience you have to suffer physical pain. There is no cure for this in the whole world, even mind is useless. The whole Paris is coughing this week. Yesterday night there was a strong tempête [tempest], thunders and lightning, hail and snow. Seine is immense, it’s very cold but the humidity is unbearable. (…) Today is the Christmas Eve, our lady star (pl. gwiazdka). They do not know this here. As usual, they eat at 6, 7, or 8 and only several foreign houses keep the tradition. For example yesterday Mrs. Stockhausen was absent at the dinner at Perthuis (at my Sonata), because she was busy preparing today’s evening for children. All protestant houses keep the Christmas Eve, but an average Parisian does not feel the difference between today’s evening and yesterday’s day. Here the Christmas Eve is sad, because ill people do not want even the doctor, the cold is extremely strong, they are confined to bed for good. Everybody curses Paris for its climate, and they forget that the countryside in winter is even worse, and winter is winter everywhere. This is a couple of difficult months to survive. I often ask myself how impatient people could live under a sky less favourable than the one here. Sometimes I would exchange several years of life for several hours of sun. I have survived so many people younger and stronger than myself, that I think I am eternal."

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