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 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. 🙂 

A Robin (or two) for Christmas..


Robins have been associated with Christmas Greeting since the Victorians created Christmas Cards. 

Here are two Victorian Cards from my small collection



Both cards were published by Raphael Tuck & Sons.  Based in London they also had  Bavarian Print Works and a wide European connection . 

The top card is the oldest dated to about 1885,  the second more ornate production dates to about 1910 and now showing signs of its age.

But here in the Spirit of the Season is a Christmas Robin .. Just For You

Robin Let there be Peace - Copy

24th December

(C) David Oakes 2018


December 1st……..Advent Sunday


Advent Sunday and a reminder that Christmas is now only 24 days away.  Our Christmas Cactus has also produced its first flower of the season hopefully one of many more to come over the next few weeks.

And just to get you into the Christmas mood here is what I expect will be your first Christmas Card.  This is one of several Victorian Cards I have in my collection. I selected this particular one as I thought it continued the autumnal feel for just a little while longer…..


As to the weather, well December is continuing where November left off (well for only a little while longer I guess ).  Frost still lay on the ground in the shelter of the woods but our lane was still looking just like a sunny autumn day……..



It is now only 20 days to the winter solstice, so I think that may be now that the Ash trees across the meadows have  lost all their leaves, they are stark indicators that winter must be on the way…..


1st December

© David Oakes 2013