Traditional Christmas Cards

December 15, 2007 / Local Interest
Italy
Feeling nostalgia for an old fashioned Christmas? These quaint and colorful cards from the ’50s show a lot about Italy’s not so distant past. Pastel colored angels, children, and sweet scenes contrast with today’s more commercial reindeer, Santas and snowmen. Baby Jesus is often featured, but not always, and loose re-interpretation of the nativity story is common, such as in the 2nd image (below), where gifts are born by three children instead of three kings.

Where to find them? Bancarelle (literally “small benches”, meaning sidewalk stalls) selling ephemera, country fairs, and flea markets, and you can even find them occasionally in cartolerie or stationary shops that don’t just stock the contemporary styles.

A nice traditional way to wish family and friends “Auguri” and “Buon Natale”.

Mary Jane Cryan

by Mary Jane Cryan

Resident in Italy since 1965, historian, author of guides and books on Italy and Italian history, publisher, cruise ship lecturer and founder of Elegant Etruria  travel consultancy. Mary Jane was one of the first contributors to  Italian Notebook in 2007.  Sign up  for  her blog  50yearsinItaly  for more stories about life in central Italy. 

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