There is no question that Pulitzer Prize-winner and Mansfielder Louis Bromfield was a fan of the holidays.
During the period of time that author Louis Bromfield lived there, Malabar Farm was an active place during the Christmas season.
In 1950, for instance, it witnessed the wedding of Bromfield’s daughter Mary Hope to Robert TemBroeck Stevens, among the guests for which was the Governor of Ohio and the parents of actress Lauren Bacall. The year before, Bromfield had received a unique holiday present from a good friend. After joking that he wanted a “little Sicilian donkey,” friend Herbert Cobey of Galion actually had one delivered to Malabar on Christmas Eve by the name of “Jose.”
In 1943, the Chicago Tribune shared a post by Bromfield looking at three Christmases he remembered well. It is included below.