Happy Holidays!

Veselé Vánoce! Czech Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Veselé Vánoce! Czech Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

The New York Public Library Image Collection has a great collection of vintage Christmas cards that I’ve been perusing for hours. It’s interesting to see how some of the holiday images and styles have changed over the years. The card below with the yellow flowers doesn’t remind me of Christmas but it is a very pretty image.

The collection includes 74 cards from foreign countries, including the Czech one above. I really like the image because food is an important part of how I celebrate the holidays. A few images down, you’ll see an Italian card with an attractive couple ready to start dancing. I wonder if it was an early version of those photo cards with family photos on it?

Christmas greetings! Image from NYPL.

Christmas greetings! Image from NYPL.

1910

1910 Christmas card. Image from NYPL

merry christmas

Merry Christmas! Image from NYPL.

Buon natale! 1930s. Image from NYPL.

Buon natale! 1930s. Image from NYPL.

Iloista Joulua!  Finnish Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Iloista Joulua! Finnish Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Wesolych Swiat! Polish Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Wesolych Swiat! Polish Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Christmas card in Spanish.  Image from NYPL.

Christmas card in Spanish. Image from NYPL.

 Fröhliche Weihnachten! Happy New Year card in German. Image from NYPL.

Fröhliche Weihnachten! Happy New Year card in German. Image from NYPL.

Joyeux Noël! French Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Joyeux Noël! French Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Merry Christmas! Image from NYPL.

Merry Christmas! Image from NYPL.

Have a wonderful holiday season, dear readers!

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Holiday Photos

I dug out a few holiday photos from some of the trips my husband and I have taken since we’ve been together – some in places you might not expect. Enjoy!

Santa's Helper, Istanbul. Photo by Todd Mecklem.

Santa’s Helper, Istanbul. Photo by Todd Mecklem.

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Christmas Market, Berlin.

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Holiday Lights, Hong Kong.

Drinking gluhwein in Berlin.

Drinking gluhwein in Berlin.

Sinterklaas display, Amsterdam shop window. Photo by Todd Mecklem.

Sinterklaas display, Amsterdam shop window. Photo by Todd Mecklem.

Cheery guy in his Bon Nadal hat, Barcelona.

Bon Nadal, Barcelona.

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Christmas tree cutting trip to Mt. Hood forest.

Christmas Around the World

We usually travel in late November to maximize our vacation days. It’s often cold, but flights are less expensive than in the summer. A great thing about traveling then is that we get to see Christmas lights and markets in different countries, even those that aren’t really Christian countries. My favorite Christmas tradition is the German markets with mulled wine (gluhwein) that you can buy in a cup and take with you as you walk around the market, the mall, or the street. Here are some glimpses of how some cities are decorated for the holidays.

Christmas lights in Seoul, Korea. It was REALLY cold.
Christmas lights in Seoul

Also in Seoul. Todd took this photo – we didn’t actually try one.
Casisis Love Doughnut, Caffè Pascucci, Seoul

Santa’s helper in a market in Istanbul. Todd took this photo.
Santa's Helper, Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 2008

Bon Nadal! Literally, Catalana for “happy birth” but it translates to “merry Christmas.” This is in Barcelona.
Santa Claus

Christmas night market (“Weihnachtsmärkte”) in Berlin.
Weihnachtsmärkte, Berlin 2008

The best part!
Drinking gluhwein in Berlin

Christmas lights in Hong Kong.
Christmas lights in Hong Kong.