May we all be as merry as that boozy child.
Krampuskarten depict Saint Nicholas’s darker counterpart: the devilish Krampus, whose current image visually carries centuries of folklore.
One of the more curious recurring images on 19th-century Christmas cards is the dead bird, which may symbolize mortality or something more ritualistic.
Anthropomorphic cats, murderous frogs, and insects dancing by the moonlight aren’t exactly part of our Christmas card tradition today.
There are few small pleasures more delightful than opening the mailbox to find a holiday card from a friend.