Season’s Greetings – Part I

I started to make Christmas cards for my parents. As I grew older the circle widened, and the card making became a seasonal endeavor. The early ones were one-offs and I didn’t always keep examples of the later efforts. My Dad, Edmund died in 1995 and my Mum, Catharine in 2005 and I got back the cards I had given them over the years – and of course emotionally much more. Putting them out each Christmas is very special.

These examples were made in St Helens – my home town, London, Cambridge, Fort Worth, Berlin and Edinburgh. That covers a period of over two decades. There are gaps – possibly there were some years when, shock-horror, I simply bought them!

The early designs were invented and essentially decorative but as time went by they started to be derived from sketches I had made. I will admit the making is frequently accompanied by non-seasonal grumpiness but in the end this little tradition has brought me huge satisfaction.

Christmas Card for my Mum and Dad - early 1980’s
Christmas Card for my Mum and Dad – early 1980’s
Christmas Card for my Mum and Dad - early 1980’s
Christmas Card for my Mum and Dad – early 1980’s
Christmas Card for my Mum and Dad - early 1980’s
Christmas Card for my Mum and Dad – early 1980’s
Christmas Card for my Mum and Dad - 1984
Christmas Card for my Mum and Dad – 1984
Christmas Card for my Mum and Dad - 1986
Christmas Card for my Mum and Dad – 1986
Christmas Card - 1980’s
Christmas Card – 1980’s
Christmas Card - late 1980’s
Christmas Card – late 1980’s, (Bernini angel from a drawing in the Pantheon, Rome)
Christmas Card - late 1980’s
Christmas Card – late 1980’s
Christmas Card - 1990’s,
Christmas Card – 1990’s, (Fort Worth)
Christmas Card - 1990’s
Christmas Card – 1990’s
Christmas Card - late 1990’s
Christmas Card – late 1990’s, (Berlin, from a sketch made in Russia in 1988.)
Christmas Card - 1995
Christmas Card – 1995 (Berlin)
Christmas Card - 1990’s,
Christmas Card – 1990’s, (Berlin – inspired by Erasmus Grasser, Moresca Dancer, 1480)
Christmas Card - Lizzy the Jack Russell
Christmas Card – Lizzy the Jack Russell, (Berlin 1998)
Christmas Card - late 1990’s, (Berlin)
Christmas Card – late 1990’s, (Berlin)
Christmas Card - 2002, (Edinburgh)
Christmas Card – 2002, (Edinburgh)
Christmas Card - 2004,
Christmas Card – 2004, (Edinburgh)

7 Comments

  1. These are beautiful and what a wonderful collection of memories from years gone by. Seeing this makes one realize that a seasonal greeting card is not a brief note but more of a bookmark in the many chapters of life. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Dear Michael, They are all truly beautiful and we have been so lucky to receive so many over the years. We have saved each one and always bring them out for the season. We, on the other hand, seem to find even sending a store bought card on time a challenge. Happy holidays to both you and Mark 🥂. Y and B

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