What Makes a Good Christmas Card? - Blog | Letter Press

October 15, 2014

100 years ago, on the 25th December 1914, the guns fell silent on the Western Front, the combatants nervously edged out of their trenches and cautiously met in No Man's Land; and then the Spirit of Christmas took over, and the famous football match followed, expressing all the optimism and hope and goodwill of Christmas in the context of the cruellest and most inhuman conflict that history had seen. It makes a difficult subject for a Christmas card, because the horror of the background is so vivid in our minds, and the innocence of the scene remains polluted by our conscience of what happened next. But as such, this is what the Christian message of Christmas is all about: "Mild he lays his glory by,/Born that Man no more may die,/Born to raise the sons of earth,/Born to give them second birth." The birth in Bethlehem is inexorably linked to the sacrifice on the cross, and so Christmas celebrates all that is good in our lives in the full knowledge of all that is broken.

This card was a difficult one to choose, and certainly the rest of our Christmas card range is more straight forward and traditional. Religious cards are there, and as a genre have the huge advantage that the subjects are drawn from the work of the greatest artists - when you have the likes of Giorgione or Correggio working for you, not much can go wrong! Having said that, we also go back to artists such as Bruegel to supply traditional and ever popular secular winter scenes, such as his "Hunters in the Snow"

20th century artists such as Eric Gill, Eric Ravilious, John Nash and Dora Carrington are also very popular and well represented in our range. Often the subjects derive from book illustrations and are well suited to letterpress printing methods: a very popular example is Gill's Gospel According to St Luke, one of our best sellers year after year.

Our range is rich in all styles of Christmas card: and they can all be personalised inside, where customers can choose their own style of greeting, and have their  addresses printed below. Email sales@letterpress.co.uk or call us on 01285 659797 for further details.



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