Did you know that during the 1870’s Christmas cards were mass produced for the first time in America? The trend (now tradition) actually started in Britain, and Americans thought it was a charming custom. Our third and final craft for today reflects the extravagance of the historical period and honors that beginning of the Christmas card.
The 1870’s is also the beginning of the “Gilded Age” of American history. There’s a story set in this time period in With Gladness; it’s “Curses or Blessings?” The Gilded Age was known for beauty and extravagance among the elite of society. Some of that opulence influenced holiday decorations and traditions.
Here’s a description from the story: The ornate furniture and abundance of knick-knacks were endless curiosities to a young lady who was accustomed to plain, useful, and cheap. Best of all were the Christmas decorations. Gold, silver, and burgundy ribbons held boughs and sprigs of greenery to the stair railings. Mistletoe hung from the chandeliers, and garlands of holly perched on the large mirrors in the hallway and parlor. (page 66)
Copied sheet music (the more music notes on the page, the better it will look)
Stencil or cookie cutter (any design will work; I used a holiday bell)
Red or green stamp pad
Gold or silver ribbon/cording
Trace and cut a piece of copied sheet music to fit the front of the card.
Glue the sheet music to the front of the card.
Write a thoughtfully cheery message and send the card to someone special!
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