I know it's kind of a sad image, but this Thomas Nast print from Harper's Weekly of January 1863 is probably my favorite image of Christmas during the Civil War. It carries a very powerful message, and may be a great example of the "a picture is worth a thousand words" cliche. What words could convey this message so simply, yet powerfully?
I certainly hope my readers all have a Merry Christams, or a Happy Hanukkah if that fits your beliefs, and that all will be happier than the couple pictured here. I hope it will be more like the bottom picture, that I found at printsoldandrare.com