It’s December! Season’s greetings!
Christmas is coming and I thought I’d share some charming Christmas cards to begin the festivities. I’m going to attempt an historically themed #Blogmas – but we’ll see how that progresses throughout the month.
Above is an English language Christmas card in the early art nouveau style – there is no reference to country of origin, however, it is included in my selection as a beautiful example of a very early twentieth century card without the features you would traditionally expect to see on a Christmas card.
Above is an example of a German language Christmas card from 1901. Frohliche Weihnachten translates to ‘Merry Christmas’ – so the internet tells me. This card contains many of the images we expect to see in a traditional Christmas card; evergreens, a snow scene, a church and people dressed in Victorian clothing.
In the above card we have the seasonally ubiquitous holly and berries, fir trees, a snow-topped building and a snowy vista, clearly a design of card that would become very familiar throughout the twentieth century.
The above card is from the Robin Wilson family archive. It was posted in Stair, Scotland by Minnie Cuningham Montgomerie and is dated December 1901. It is made of the familiar themes of snowy landscapes and the iconic and always popular, robin redbreast.
Do you still send ‘Season’s Greetings’ with a traditional Christmas card?
Do you send e-cards or post on social media?
Or have you given up or never started, sending cards and think why bother?
Images: Wikimedia Commons