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Christmas Cards | A Short History & Guide to Make

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Source: Annie Spratt

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas.

Christmas, brings out different emotions in all of us. In the past, as a child you may have seen it as a jovial time. There is happiness, good feelings, good food and, it all ends up being a great time to share gifts. For the religious, in particular Christians, it’s the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. But for others Christmas is a real drag.

Why? For one, it’s expensive, a time when you can’t help but forget the people you have lost. And especially in 2020, after COVID-19 you can understand that for some, this may be the worst Christmas of all.

So why not spice up a few peoples lives by making them personalised Christmas cards? It could be a digital card, one sent by email. Or, it could be a physical card. Printed off and actually posted through letterboxes careful, to keep contact to a minimum.

Christmas Cards | Source: Annie Spratt

The History of Personalised Christmas Cards

Early Christmas cards were influenced by already popular Valentines and featured ‘paper lace’ (embossed and pierced paper) and layers that opened to reveal flowers and religious symbols including angels watching over sleeping children. The Victorian heyday for Christmas cards (1860 – 1890) was prompted by the new printing processes and techniques that combined colour (chromolithography), metallic inks, fabric appliqué and die-cutting to make elaborately shaped cards.

Victorians exchanged, displayed and collected Christmas cards in vast numbers. In the process they established the now familiar iconography of Christmas. This period saw the debut of many of the meaningful symbols and decorative devices that we associate with the festive season: winter scenes of robins, holly, evergreens, country churches and snowy landscapes; along with indoor scenes of seasonal rituals and gift giving, from decorating trees and Christmas dinner, to Santa Claus, children’s games, pantomime characters and Christmas crackers – another Victorian invention.

And so we see, many facets of the Victorian Christmas are still with us today.

How to make Christmas Cards using Canva/Free Fonts

This section of the post will be dedicated to showing you how to make Christmas cards using Canva & freebies fonts. First, go to www.canva.com, using the search bar and get up Art Christmas Card.

Interface of the Canva Website

Below is the first template I choose. Along with the completed image of my digital card. What really added jazz to my card was going onto freebie fonts downloading two of the fonts which felt Christmassy to me and uploading them onto Canva. I love the finished result!

Above are both of my finished works in the interface, they may be quite simple. This is the look that I want to go for this Christmas.

My Cards

Personally, I’m quite proud. I want to remember that this was the first time I ever tried to make the Christmas card. And it was definitely the first time I’ve ever made a digital Christmas card.

I do recommend, it was very therapeutic and now seen my finished result only makes me proud that it was I who completed this work. Don’t forget to check out freebie fonts.

Let me know what you think, am I results as good as I think they are? What could’ve been made better? Don’t forget to contact me if you do make your own card, I would love to see the finish results. Below are good at mind some reasons as to why you might want to make your own cards.

Reasons to Send Cards

  1. It shows you still care. Sadly, suicide rates did increase when the United Kingdom went into lockdown and you never know when someone is tormented with dark feelings.
  2. Spread the holiday spirit come you never really know what somebody else is going through until they express it and sadly not everybody expresses their full, just open it press and kindness to everyone it will definitely be reciprocated in the future.
  3. A great gift addition. If you don’t give a gift anyway why not just give a call and then add a little personal on the inside. It gives the impression you’ve put in a bit more effort
  4. It’s fun, I actually had a really good time making my cock and I’m sure you will too. You kind of realise there’s a lot more that goes into it than you think ha ha.
Christmas Cards | Source: Brooke Lark

Hopefully, this post has less left you a little less gloomy in regards to Christmas. You may not be able to see everybody and have the celebrations which you wish you could. But you can still show people you care by sending them a card. It doesn’t have to be in person, it can be done digitally. And it’s just one way to show you still care.


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