Dead Birds & Christmas Cards

Christmas

The holiday season is upon us, which also means some delightful colorful cards in many households. 🎄 The tradition of sending holiday cards was also alive and well in the 19th century and the Victorians are well-known for their outlandish Christmas cards usually featuring a variety of critters from moths 🦋 through frogs 🐸 to … dead birds. 🐦☠️

The lifeless bodies of little wrens or robins were a popular design choice, although it might be difficult to imagine today how they were supposed to boost the festive spirit. Apparently, this quirky tradition might have its roots in a more morbid one, in which killing a wren or a robin was deemed a good-luck charm for the new year. 🍀

Luckily, the Victorians decided to treat this one more symbolically, and following their footsteps I’m giving you my watercolor interpretation of the theme along with my best wishes for the holidays and 2021. 💜🎉 Do you have any favorite vintage card designs?

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