Thursday, December 3

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. - W. T. Ellis







These cards represent my love for vintage paper goods that I've collected over the past year for my art projects. Most were actually given to me in swaps (holla Andrea and Wendi). They remind me of the charm of movies like "A Christmas Story." Well, the cards are a bit classier.  What is your favorite Christmas movie???









 
 

I have some Christmas trivia to share!

When was Christmas declared a goverment holiday (U.S.)?  President Ulysses S. Grant declared Christmas a legal holiday in 1870. read more

Why do people put Christmas lights on their houses? Before electricity, when there would be absolutely no lights within a house after bedtime, people would place lighted candles on the windowsill for travelers. This became the tradition of placing candles out on Christmas Eve to show St. Nick which houses had children. read more

What is the origin of Christmas cards? The custom of sending Christmas cards started in Britain in 1840 when the first 'Penny Post' public postal deliveries began. (Helped by the new railway system, the public postal service was the 19th century's communication revolution, just as email is for us today.) As printing methods improved, Christmas cards were produced in large numbers from about 1860. They became even more popular in Britain when a card could be posted in an unsealed envelope for one half-penny - half the price of an ordinary letter.

Traditionally, Christmas cards showed religious pictures - Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, or other parts of the Christmas story. Today, pictures are often jokes, winter pictures, Father Christmas, or romantic scenes of life in past times.

Cool stuff
A Christmas Story House Museum  Cleveland, Ohio
www.redriderleglamps.com 
A Christmas Story House & Museum Marks 100,00th Visitor
 






ETA: If you notice your comments are missing on previous posts, it's because I tried out disqus comment system and decided to opt out, and I'm trying to figure out how to export those comments from disqus. 
Thanks!
xoxo,
ja

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