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13 Fun Retro Facts About Christmas Time


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Holiday Card Designs!

 


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Grease and Grace Cards & Gifts brings you: Tidbits of Knowledge You Didn’t Know You Needed.


Historic Facts About the Christmas! Let’s have a look at some of the fun, and perhaps lesser known facts about the Christmas season we know and love. A series of 19:
“VINTAGE HOLIDAYS”
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Peacock Christmas
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Have you decorated in a peacock theme? Peacock color scheme, or feather tree?

Peacock Christmas is inspired by the use of peacock imagery in early Christian paintings and mosaics. The icon was used as a symbol of immortality, a sentiment borrowed from the ancient Greeks, who believed the bird’s flesh did not decay after death. Its design is inspired by the early twentieth century style of Art Deco.


Ginger Cookies & Bing Cherries
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I’m actually fairly sure Ginger and Bing were never simultaneously in a movie, am I wrong?

I’ve always been inspired by Old-Hollywood style. From the silents and pre-code, to the 1940s. Classic Hollywood really exemplified the great artistic spirit of the age. This holiday card design in particular, borrows historic reference in both palette and graphics, of the Art Deco era. And for this, I decided, with the pretty mish mash of gold and pink, that it reminded me of a lovely dessert, hence, Ginger Cookies (Rogers) & Bing Cherries (Crosby), two of my personal favorites.
There isn’t really a fun fact about this one. I just really liked it.


Hot Rod Holiday
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Santa won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Are you tinkering with your car, even on Christmas morning? Can’t get out of the garage? This is a card for you! Share your love of vintage autos with our Mid-Century-inspired holiday cards.


Brown Paper Packages
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Do you still use kraft paper to wrap? I love to do this and let my little one draw on the ‘print’!

In 1852, Francis Wolle invented a machine that manufactured flat paper bags. That invention was not improved on until 1870 by Margret Knight. She invented a machine that would cup, fold, and paste paper bag bottoms. Then, in 1883, Charles Stilwell invented a machine that made square-bottom paper bags that had pleated sides. Improvements were made in 1890 by William Purvis, who sold his patent license in 1891 to the Union Paper Bag Machine Co. That was the company that was founded by Francis Wolle and his brother in 1869. That company is now a part of International Paper. Even though those machines to make paper sacks were manufacturing them since 1852, the bags were more expensive than flat paper and string and therefore not purchased by many shop keepers until the early 1900s, when the price started to become comparable with the paper and string. Tribune Star


Deck the Halls
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Do you enjoy cutting fresh greens? I love the smell, so many pleasant memories tied in-to the scents of autumn and winter!

Have you ever wondered about ‘decking the halls’? To understand you must think back to the days of yore.  Before store-bought decor replaced Earth’s bounty as a decorative thanks for the years blessings, and for hope of a mild winter. and fruitful spring. These seemingly primitive origins seem to be lost in modern times. Do you like to bring nature in to decorate? I do! I love trimming fresh greens, and the smell is delightful!


Sugar-Plums
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Have you ever eaten a “real” sugar plum?

“The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads…” We all know Clement Clark Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” commonly known today as, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” But do you know what a sugar-plum is, or isn’t, or was…? The term came into use around the 17th Century, definitely a vision for children in those days!


Mele Kalikimaka
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I’ve never spent a Christmas outside of my hometown, but if I did, it would be in Hawaii!

“Mele Kalikimaka!” You know the song by heart, you’re singing it now! Send Holiday greetings with a Christmas card that brings some Old Hollywood, nostalgic feelings to your friends & family.


Swallows Flash Art
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I’ve seen that Christmas tattoos are becoming a trend, do you have one, or have you seen any?

Reminiscent of the tattoo art of the early 20th century, this holiday card features two swallows, a typical sailor’s tattoo. A perfect fit for rockabilly lovers, and those
interested in the vintage lifestyle!


Auld Lang Syne

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Can you sing the song? A recent article I read said that millennials don’t even know it. I’d think that vintage lovers would recognize it from, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the very least.

Auld Lang Syne is partially inspired by the Edwardian era, as it quickly slipped away at the approach of the the Great War.
“For auld lang syne” —for the sake of old times, lest they be forgotten.

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”

It utilizes typography influences from the Art Deco Era.


Mid-Century Modern (Green)
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Artificial, or real – What’s your druthers?

Before colorful aluminum trees were available, it was popular in the late 1800s to create white “Christmas trees” oneself, by wrapping strips of cotton batting around bare branches. In the 1930s, wealthy tree decorators would have the tree itself flocked for a snowy appearance (shave cream, and soap are two ways of achieving this look.)

During the mid 1950s aluminum trees became available in stores and were wildly popular until the mid to late 1960s. The end of that glitzy, gleaming era seemed to be spelled out by Charles Shultz’s, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). During the time in which aluminum trees boomed in sales, Sears catalog said,

“Whether you decorate with blue or red balls . . . or use the tree without ornaments – this exquisite tree is sure to be the talk of your neighborhood. High luster aluminum gives a dazzling brilliance. Shimmering silvery branches are swirled and tapered to a handsome realistic fullness. It’s really durable . . needles are glued and mechanically locked on. Fireproof . . you can use it year after year.” – Sears, 1963 Christmas Book

Myself, I prefer the green type, but have a definite love i nay heart for the shiny pink and white varieties.


Mid-Century Modern (White)
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Do you collect vintage ornaments?

Don’t you just love all those colorful, shiny, old mid-century ornaments? We sure do, too! That’s why we created our Mid-Century “Happy Holidays” Christmas card design to reflect the joy of the season and the era of nostalgia!


Season’s Greetings
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No matter what you celebrate, or how you say it – spread the message of peace to one and all!

Other holidays celebrated:

    • Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)
    • Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)
    • St. Lucia Day (Swedish)
    • Hanukkah (Jewish)
    • Christmas Day (Christian)
    • Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian)
    • Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish)
    • Kwanzaa (African American)
    • Omisoka (Japanese)
    • Yule (Pagan)
    • Saturnalia (Pagan)
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      “Oh, Fudge!”
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      I don’t care how many times it’s been shown on television, I will always watch A Christmas Story.

      The perennial favorite inspired this Christmas card design to reflect the joy of the season and the era of nostalgia! Oh, for cripes sake, open up the damper will ya?


Thanks for joining us on our little journey! We hope you enjoyed it!
Until next time —
XoxoX,
Deanna

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O Tannenbaum – Six Historical Facts About the Christmas Tree

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O Tannenbaum


Six Facts About the Christmas Tree
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Grease and Grace Cards & Gifts brings you: Tidbits of Knowledge You Didn’t Know You Needed.


Historic Facts About the Christmas Tree! Let’s have a look at some of the fun, and perhaps lesser known facts about the popular evergreen tree we know and love. A series of six: O Tannenbaum.

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A Love Like This
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O Tannenbaum – Is it really about a Christmas Tree?

The reference in, “O Tannenbaum,”refers to the evergreen (everlasting) quality of the tree. It stands as a symbol of faithfulness.The modern text by Ernst Anschütz was actually based on a 16th Century folk song by Melchior Franck about a faithless lover.


Contrafactum is Now a Word You Know
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O Tannenbaum – Christmas Tree songs, incognito.

O Tannenbaum’s tune has been used as a contrafactum many times, notably in the state songs of: Iowa, Michigan, Maryland, and formerly, Florida. Several colleges and universitieshave adapted it as well. And now you’re humming.


The Tree That Broke the Bank
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O Tannenbaum – Christmas Tree prices on average.

Prices for Chrismas trees in the United States range from around$27.00 to $76.00 as of 2017.A“Fortune” article from 2016cites that trees in New York Cityreached prices upwards of $1,000.00, due to drought.


Why, Thank You
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O Tannenbaum – Christmas Tree-An aromatic breath of fresh air.

Breathe it in! The National Christmas Tree Association has said that every acre of Christmastrees in production produced thedaily oxygen requirement for 18 people; with 500,000 acres in production in the U.S. alone, that amounts to oxygen for 9 million people per day.


Grab Yer Hatchet, Pa
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O Tannenbaum – When did Christmas Tree Farms become popular?

Christmas trees were generally cut by the family for their own use, but in 1901 the first Christmas tree farm was established. It wasn’t until the 1930s and 1940s, however, that felling one’s own tree gave way in popularity to the farms.
My family still chops our own, here in rural Pennsylvania, although, when my daughter is grown, I don’t know if we still will.


“Darn thing looks like it was made out of green pipe cleaners” – A Christmas Story


What’ll It Be?
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O Tannenbaum – Christmas Tree-most popular varieties.

Americans spend around 250 million dollars on Christmas trees each year. The most popular varieties? Douglas-fir, Scots pine and Fraser fir are the top sellers. In the United Kingdom, Nordmann fir and Norway spruce are the preferred choices.

That wraps up our ‘lil history lesson for today! There will be more soon, and many more new designs as well. Don’t forget to say “Hi” on facebook, or instagram, and check our recent boards on pinterest!
Until next time,
XoxoX
— Deanna

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Holiday Cards – How to Get into the Festive Spirit!

Set the Stage
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How to get those warm-fuzzies when it’s still balmy outdoors!

Sometimes the act of holiday card writing is all we need to rouse our spirits. Looking over the list of names, thinking of friends and family far and near. Reliving memories as you sign your name on each, it feels good.

Writing out your cards can set the stage to bring on the festive feelings. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Put on some holiday music (we aren’t judging!), light a few pine scented candles, grab a pen, and let’s go!

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Available in an array of vintage-inspired designs, our unique holiday card sets will get you up and ready to dig out those boxes of seasonal decor.


Bringing Smiles with Designs from the Past

Imagine the smile on everyone’s face when they’re sorting through bills and junk-mail, and they open your holiday card. We’ve spent a lot of years bringing smiles, through both our cards and our handcrafted gifts. Our cards are designed in-house, by me (Deanna). We love to harken back to yesteryear, and hope to invoke those warm-fuzzy type of feelings (and sometimes give a good chuckle)!

Getting into the Swing of It
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Let them know how you’ve been doing.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve sent holiday cards, or even if you never have before, no worries! Try typing out a letter to your recipients, giving them a briefing on what’s been going on in your busy year.

It takes only a short while to type something meaningful (or hand-write, though I know my own handwriting could stand a brush up!) It can be copied or printed, and tucked into your card neatly. Your letter needn’t be lengthy to be meaningful.
Remember— it’s the thoughtfulness that counts!

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Including a photo or letter— it’s like mailing a hug.

Photographs tucked into a holiday card are also wonderful to receive, and are kept for years to come. I know I still have some photos that were placed in greeting cards years ago by my own relatives. In this digital era, paper products can actually be even more meaningful than in the past.

Physically holding and looking at a card & photograph is much nicer to do than clicking ‘like’ on something. The tactile sensation is like mailing a hug. And we all love hugs.

 Holiday Card Selection

You might choose a colorful & jubilant Mid-Century Modern style!

Or, perhaps a more traditional approach, like our Early Twentieth Century styles.

For those who love and relish the colors, patterns, and textures of Mother Earth’s artful bounty, we offer nature-inspired themes as well.


We Love History (Like, a Whole Lot)
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The past can be so inspiring!


 Nearly all of the cards in our collection speak, in some aspect, of the past. When designing, we are thinking about many different areas of history. Some may remind you of watching a film from the Golden Age of Hollywood (Hello, “White Christmas”!) Others may conjure images of Yule logs, and freshly trimmed holly & ivy, amidst a mid-winter festival.


Always Something New
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Come, Join our “Grease and Grace” crew!

New designs are constantly rolling out here— stay tuned by following our idea boards on Pinterest, getting sneak peeks at designs on Instagram, or by following our Facebook feed which is filled with fun videos, music, and images from years gone by.

New greeting cards & specialty card sets come out as quickly as I can, although it sometimes takes me a tad longer than I’d like. Being a full-time mama & designer is quite the balance, and there are but three Grease and Grace artists altogether (we are a family!) We create, market, package, and ship all of our products ourselves.

Time Flies

So, don’t wait around! Let us help you get in the spirit, and get those merry thoughts rolling like a pin on sugar cookie dough!

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Enjoy! Let us know what designs you love, and what you’d like to see next!

Until next time,
XoxoX
— Deanna

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Grease and Grace has Expanded!

Are you among those who still write letters and send cards? You are? Then we have a line of greeting cards for you.

There’s been a lot of changes! We still have our Etsy store selling gifts and cards, however, we are now able to offer you our stationery products: At our new shop, and:
 – gallery website
 – facebook
 – pinterest
and hopefully soon, our instagram page!

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This is super cool news, but it’s taken me a lot longer to set everything up than I’d anticipated. That isn’t going to stop me from trying to get some new sets in for the Holiday collection. I’d like to add Yule, and Hanukkah to our catalogue.
I’d love to hear any suggestions you all may have!

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Meanwhile, I know our artist Dean has some neat candle holders he’s worked up, in his retro-style of tool & horseshoe sculptures. I saw some in-process photos, and they were super cool. So, soon I’ll be sharing those for you all!

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I have been working on updating the new “Tea & Letters” blog and pinterest board. “Tea & Letters” is a collection of note cards with a vintage feel that goes back in time even further than our usual mid-century designs.

In the works, are more boxed card sets for “Tea & Letters,” such as: Dia de Muertos, Botanical & Herbal themes, and an “Apothecary” theme (which will have a dark Edwardian/Pharmaceutical feel!) Also, I have ideas for designs influenced by textiles and wallpaper patterns of the past. Lastly, a possibly for 2019: Fairy themes!

As you can see, there’s much to do! I better get on it…

Until next time,
XoxoX
— Deanna

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