We actually held off as long as we could, but we can’t ignore it any longer. The build-up to Christmas seems to have begun. It always fills us with a mixture of excitement and anxiety — we are prone to enormously optimistic to-do lists, and spend far too much time in ribbon-selecting. At least this year we don’t need to shop for cards … but hopefully you will!
Above is a pair we are especially taken with. There is something about the little sleeping holiday mouse that touches our heart, and we love the troop of reindeer reporting for Christmas duty.
We actually went a little further with the design of these, and on the back of each card we shared what we’d discovered in our research — perhaps you enjoy an interesting fact as much as we do.
The Reindeer Group: “Originally, in the 1823 poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, there were only 8 reindeer. The ninth and most famous reindeer only arrived on the scene in 1939, when ad-man Robert L. May dreamt him up for a department store holiday coloring book. May wanted a name that began with ‘R’ for reindeer and so the red-nosed one was born.”
The Holiday Mouse: “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was first published anonymously in 1823. Now it’s mostly attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, but there is also a claim by Henry Livingston, Jr. What is indisputable, however, is that this American poem was the first to establish the vision of Santa Claus that we take for granted today.”
We are reluctant to let commercial considerations intrude our story, but should you wish to explore our entire range of holiday cards, you can do so . As well as find them in many lovely stores across the US and Canada.