A Victorian Christmas Verse


One of my favourite Victorian Christmas Cards.  As was the early style, this is a flat card.  Published by Raphael Tuck & Sons circa 1890’s.- 1900.

The last line of the verse is always pertinent….

Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

24th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

Christmas Greetings….. some New and some Old


Seasons Greetings everyone…… and if you are able, I do hope that you are  relaxing and having fun with your family and friends

And just to prove that nothing is new in this life here are some old friends bringing Christmas Greetings dating back to Victorian Days thru to 1910


But above all this Christmas lets hope for Peace for everyone ….



25th December

(C) David Oakes 2019

Christmas isn’t all Holly and Ivy….


Victorian Christmas Cards, just as today, featured Holly and of course Ivy. In fact Ivy perhaps appeared more frequently.  But Oak leaves also featured very strongly. I guess it was the knowledge that The Oak Tree was much revered by our ancestors, in particular the Druids. The Oak along with Mistletoe, which frequently grew on the Oak, had mystical and religious significance for them around the time of the Solstice, so I guess it is no surprise that it was a symbol adopted for Christmas Cards

The card above is from my small collection of Greeting Cards.  This one was published by Raphael Tuck and dates circa 1890.

The sentiment of the verse still appropriate today

24th December

(C) David Oakes 2019

Not sure what went wrong….. I wrote this page on the 22nd and scheduled it for the 24th.  Whilst it didn’t come up on my page till today, I hear that several followers have seen the post for a couple of days.  

So not sure what went wrong and apologies if you have this post twice. 🙂 

Monday…..and after what has been a turbulent week in UK Politics, lets hope for some Peace


May be the message on this Christmas Card of circa 1905 is perhaps very appropriate for the here and now.

We here in the UK have experienced the very worst of British Electioneering. Nor does it matter which Political Party you supported they all told lies, twist truths and traded insults.  If Brexit hadn’t already divided communities, this Election did little to heal the wounds.  But its over, and I just hope that Peace and goodwill to all will return to do what the Politicians failed to address… and that is to provide stability and hope.

But enough of Politics….lets try and put you in the Christmas Spirit, after all there is only 9 days to go before Santa arrives….

 The Season of Goodwill to All approaches,

So lets all of us hope for…


16th December

(C) David Oakes 2019