Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The First Christmas Card

In yesterday's paper, on the Kid's Page no less, was a discussion of Christmas cards and the first card coming out of mid-19th century England. The card by John Calcott Horsley portrays three images, two of which portray works of mercy, feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.

Imagine no syrupy sweet images of a baby, but acts of charity connected with the birth of Christ.


Andy said...

That's a pretty cool card. If they had only known what it would lead to.

Last year, I wanted to send out cards with a picture of a wreath along with the words "Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at hand" (see it here), but my wife wouldn't go for it.

Katerina Marie said...

That is truly a beautiful card. Sad that now we're so far away from having Christmas as a season to serve each other, especially those who are the most in need.

Thanks for posting this! Very interesting! I think it would've been much funnier if you would've delivered them personally and pull a John the Baptist!

Andy, I love your card!!!! :)