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Vintage Christmas Share

Christmas Cards

Our Christmas Card collection features Victorian and international Christmas cards, primarily from the 19th century. These curious cards demonstrate how differently prior generations and different cultures have experienced the holiday. You may also enjoy our Christmas Stories and Children’s Christmas Stories


Swedish Christmas by Adele Soderberg (1916)
Sweden Adele Soderberg (1916)
German L’Christmas Tree (1900)
German L'Christmas Tree
Norwegian Glaedelig Jul (1887)
Norwegian Glaedelig Jul (1887)
Australian Boys in the Crow’s Nest
Australia Boys in the Crow's Nest
Frog band by Louis Prang
Frog band by Louis Prang
Catland by Louis Wain (1910)
Catland by Louis Wain (1910)
Victorian Lace (1870)
Victorian Lace (1870)
Swedish Card by Carl Rogind (1919)
Swedish Card by Carl Rogind (1919)
German Dwarf Postcard, Good Luck
German Dwarf Postcard, Good Luck
William B. Steenberge (1844-1922)
William B. Steenberge postcard
Victorian Children (1885)
Victorian Children (1885)
“Jovial” Froggies, Berlin
Jovial Froggies, Berlin
Holly Berry by Shirley Wynn (1880)
Holly Berry by Shirley Wynn (1880)
Sweden Happy New Year
Swedish Happy New Year
Time for New Year Chick!
Riding Chick
Russian Snowman (1900)
Russian Snowman (1900)
Ragaz by Caswell (1879)
Ragaz by Caswell (1879)
U.S. Greetings by J. Hoover (1880)
U.S. Greetings by J. Hoover (1880)
Goody Santa Claus (1889)
Goody Santa Claus (1889)
U.S. Postcard (1907)
U.S. Postcard (1907)
Norwegian Greetings (1908)
Norwegian Greeting (1908)
Kate Greenaway Maiden Poem
Kate Greenaway Maiden Poem
Russian Greetings (1917)
Russian Greetings (1917)
Nova Scotia Greetings
Nova Scotia Deer
Christmas Song of Joy (1880)
Christmas Song of Joy (1880)
Jacobite Broadsite Card (1925)
Card by Jacobite Broadsite (1925)
German Card by Frances Brundage (1937)
German Card by Frances Brundage Child Santa (1937)
Brownie Rust Craft (1950)
Brownie Rust Craft (1950)
Have a Cat Crazy Christmas!
Louis Wain Cat Abstracts
Happy New Year from Germany, 1910
Happy New Year Germany, 1910
Godt Nytaar! (Danish Happy New Year)
Happy New Year, 1890
Happy New Year, 1885
Happy New Year 1885
Happy New Year, 1910
Happy New Year 1910
Charles R Knight, 1922
Happy New Year Charles R Knight, 1922
Thomas Crane, 1880
Happy New Year, Thomas Crane, 1880
Russian New Year in Yiddish, 1900
Russian New Year in Yiddish, 1900
Pop goes the Frog, New Year, 1908
Happy New Year 1908

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Christmas  Tears

By MwsR
One day she was going to decorate her house just like you see it done in magazines and movies…but not today. She just couldn’t get into the Christmas spirit. Today she found herself thinking of Christmas’s past. She felt the feelings she had felt before, today she remembered it all.

It’s easy to get swept up in holiday traditions but what if your holiday traditions were erased? Hers had been, she had to understand though that all was not lost. She needed to know that holidays were and could be so much more than tradition.

This year, this time, she needed to find the meaning behind,the traditions and gatherings.

See for her there was so much that life had changed for her, that she needed to gather what she could. She needed meaning not traditions to keep her going.

When she was a child everything was so exciting,  she missed that feeling. Now that she grew older she longed for a truth, a realism she didn’t get from all the holiday hustle and bustle,  or from all the worrying over bills versus buying presents. Her world should be more. More than that she wanted everyone around her to be grateful.

Why should she struggle? Why couldn’t it look at easy as tv or movies, in that they all had smiles, presents,  and cheer?

She really thought hard and tried to find something that she could internally use, use to feel better.

Alongside remembering past holidays,  she remembered those who were no longer in her present, and she cried. She just sat there and felt the loss like it was happening there in that moment. She thought about the true meaning of Christmas and the sacrifice that people gave  many years ago ,  where two parents that had a newborn that was despised by man, yet loved and awaited by millions. The sacrifice they made to make sure he was safe and cared for. They left their family, their homes and their own comforts.

Sometimes, she thought, one must give more than they ever will receive in return. Sometimes no matter where we have been we can still find a place to belong. It all is in our hearts and minds, she thought.

Her Christmas tears turned on her mind, but she found the strength to keep trying, to keep looking for the answers, but with a newness of heart.

Christmas tears , the ones shed so long ago in a manger,  now in her own eyes…that made life seem clearer around this time of year.

The lesson is life can bring you down but if you look,more than you think can be found.

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