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.