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

A resident in Italy for half a century, Mary Jane writes for Italian and English magazines, guidebooks, and has authored several books about central Italy.  She published two books last year  “The Irish and English in Italy’s Risorgimento ” and  Etruria – travel, history and itineraries in Central Italy .  Check  her award winning website www.elegantetruria.com for reviews and to order signed  copies.    Etruria  Storie e Segreti,  in Italian and  in full color, has just been released .  Signed copies   of   Mary Jane’s books can be ordered directly from her website  www.elegantetruria.com 

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