I recently visited the opening of the 40th annual Christmas at Callanwolde exhibit at Atlanta's Callanwolde Fine Arts Center to see some of the paintings from our archives on display. We loaned the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center a collection of 14 Coca-Cola Santa paintings by Haddon Sundblom. In a way, the paintings were returning home.

Charles Howard Candler built and lived at Callanwolde from 1920 until his death in 1957. The Candler family was associated with Coca-Cola for decades. Asa Candler purchased Coca-Cola from John Pemberton in 1888 and ran the company with his oldest son, Charles Howard Candler, until the company was sold in 1919. Charles Howard Candler continued with The Coca-Cola Company first as president and later as a member of the board of directors.

The house was purchased by the Callanwolde Foundation in 1972 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center was developed to preserve, restore and develop the Callanwolde Estate and to be a premier public participatory arts and cultural center.

The Christmas at Callanwolde event is always beautiful as the house is decorated for the season. Our paintings fit right in to lift the holiday spirits of all in attendance.

Take a peek into the historical estate during the most magical time of the year:




Ted Ryan is director of heritage communications at The Coca-Cola Company.