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Christmas Customs

December - Holly and Mistletoe Calligraphy Poem

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Christmas Customs - Princess Beatrice Holly and Mistletoe December Calligraphy

On an earlier page I looked at how living evergreen decoration is a key element in seasonal decoration for winter and Christmas festivities.  Below I show you a large thumbnail picture of this stunning chromolithograph of winter holly, mistletoe, roses and calligraphy.  I use this picture below in my dining room in winter.  Mistletoe set against holly, provides contrast and adds interest in this bordered poem. The piece was Designed by Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria and is from an 1881 publication.  When I hang this piece each winter it reminds me that another year has come round to the crisp days of December and ultimately Christmas festivities.


The Holly and Mistletoe Calligraphy Picture
Transcript of the poem above


Winter is here - Let us welcome him on,

Remember Old Christmas is near;

And when Christmas with all his gay feasting has gone,

Why then we've the merry New Year;

Here's a health to the rich who will give to the poor,

Let Plenty and Mercy ne'er part,

And though bitter winds blow through the white clouds of snow,

No Winter shall fall on the heart.


Today you can copy this idea using well crafted calligraphy skills or simply use a decorative font from the computer. Add your own border using Xmas wrapping paper decoupage or other sketching skills.


Page Added 20 October 2005

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