This Year's Designs
"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that's for thoughts."
1:temembrance! Thoughts! These two words mean something to Us at Christmas. It is a time for giving and for remembrance, and we will probably all of us spend the next few weeks planning and buying our Christmas presents.
To the recipient, however, our present will mean far more than its intrinsic value. It will mean that he or she is remembered ; and this is all important.
Th re is another way of remembering our frier4, and that is by sending them a Chrisktas card.
Year by year more Christmas cards are sent, and each year they get more varied; now practically any card can be used as a Chris them prett robins hopping about the porch.
Many people have their own cards printed. but this we cannot all afford; and besides, there are so many cards in all the shops that it is fun choosing different ones.
I have recently seen a large selection of cards, and as some of them are very pretty, I will tell you about them. mas card, and very few people feel Ives bound to send their friends pictures of iced houses with frosted
To Catholics, of course, Christmas means a g+t deal more than just a round of parties. It is a season of rejoicing because in the words of the liturgy: Unto us a child is botn. and unto us a Son is given." Some of us like to express to our friends something of this special meaning of Christmas by sending them a card illustrating some part of the Christmas story.
If we want these, we can do no better than to get them at Burns, Oates and Washbourne. They have cards of all kinds with envelopes to match, ranging from Id. to Is. There are reproductions of old masters' paint:ings. of the Madonna and Child, and more modern reproductions of such scenes as o'ar Lord in the Manger, the Visit of the Shepherds, or the Adoration of the Magi.
There is a large selection, and they are well worth a visit.
1. I have seen some other cards of a diffe ent type, but with religious subjects, These are made and published by the Benedictines of Prinkriash Priory, in Gloucester. These cards are illustrated with fiat line drawings and designs, in simple colours; and the effect is most decorative. We illustrate one here.
The subjects are treated with great originality and charm, and there is a wide variety to choose from. I particularly like one of the three Kings. This card is so designed as to form a sort of fiat tryptich with one of the kings in each panel. On the right the star is shining and they are all walking towards it, bearing their gifts. The predominating colours are orange, green and brown.
There is another very charming stylized design of our Lady and the Child. He is holding a ball and looking at His Mother's hand. Around her are written the words : Flos De Radice Jesse.
Prinknash Priory publishes some very beautiful calendars with the same type of design on them. There is a very decorative one of St. George and the dragon, and a simpler one of St. Christopher carrying the Child across the river.
Some Beautiful Cards Some of the loveliest cards which can be bought in London are published by the British Museum. They are illustrated with reproductions from pictures and manuscripts in the Museum itself. Some of the most beautiful are reproduced from the Japanese artists of the Ukiyoye period, such as Utamaro and Hokusai. There are flower designs and scenes from Japanese country and home life, which are most satisfying.
Other beautiful cards have illustrations from the Sforza Book of Hours. This is a Flemish sixteenth century work. One of these cards illustrates the Angels and the Shepherds. The angel is in white, in a bright golden cloud, which dazzles the shepherds. They are completely astonished and look as if they have sat down suddenly with surprise. The text underneath is: " Deus in Adjutorium Meum Intende." There is one charming card taken from the Luttrell Psalter, an English work of about A.D. 1340. It is a picture of a travel ling coach for royal ladies. The coach has two windows and a door at each end and ladies with their crowns on, two of them standing square in the windows. The coach is drawn by five horses, alternately blue and brown. Underneath the coach there is a little brown dog, and at the back. a horseman is giving one of the royal ladies a small green one.
A Variety of Cards Messrs. Raphael Tuck and Sons publish many varieties of Christmas cards, ranging from post card i of the Royal Family and and the Castlesof England, to baskets of scented flowers. There is a large selection, and they are not expensive.
They also'rriake such attractive gifts as calendars with mottoes for everyday. and book markers, arid of course, all children know Father Tuck's Annual.