Wednesday, December 24, 2014

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CARDS.

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Christmas cards trend toward themes. Popular at one time are replicas of old-fashioned cards. So familiar are Currier and Ives, small snowy towns, people sledding through the snow. This one is a famous painting and charming. (Not Currier and Ives.)
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This is also a painting. The clothing shows the affluence these children enjoyed, reflecting their times.
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A famous Madonna painting. There are so many beautiful paintings of the Madonna in museums all over the world and many of them are replicated on Christmas Cards.
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What would Christmas be without an angel?
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Or thoughts of peace and good will?
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Also from a painting, these happy children playing in the snow.
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A more contemporary vision of children playing in the snow.
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Something warm and fuzzy.
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This is my favorite. It much reflects the era of my childhood. The kids of all ages, a couple of them playing on the floor, the boy reading in his socks with his feet up on a book, apples on the tree, showing your treasures to grandpa. The homey pictures on the bureau. The girls are wearing those awful long stockings I hated so much growing up in a winter clime.
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A touch of humor. Birds, animals and nature play heavily on Christmas cards.
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This one is such a sweet tickle. It also shows another tradition; we decorate and light up trees in our yards.
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Famous artists lend their skills to a Christmas card.
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A Christmas tree can be almost anything.
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I read in Smithsonian where it took a long time for Christmas trees to catch on. Now, a Christmas never goes by without a card with a Christmas tree of some kind on it.
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I liked this lovely message. Some are old worn out clich├ęs.
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Christmas caroling is something not many people do anymore, but Christmas has its own special music, evolving year by year. But the old songs never go away.
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A popular song clings to us for years and here we see a popular song in this card, "...the partridge in a pear tree."
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A Christmas card can be whatever you make it. And here I have to salute a local artist, Bambi Papais. She and her sister Judie are both terrific artists admired and locally renowned. So with that in mind, I hope you've enjoyed my rummage through my box of Christmas cards from 1992.
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Happy holidays.
Mary

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