'The Turkeys, Madam you see here, are tender, plump, and far from dear’, Christmas card

'The Turkeys, Madam you see here, are tender, plump, and far from dear’, Christmas card

'May Christmas always be to thee, a time of mirth and jollity'
Christmas card
Designed by H.S. Marks (1829-1898)
Published by Marcus Ward & Co.
Britain
19th century
Museum no. 15780.37

Series of four seasonal greetings.

While not widely observed until the 19th century, Christmas Day - 25 December - was first declared a feast day by Constantine the Great in 325AD. Turkey was not introduced as the main part of the Christmas meal until the 16th century. Prior to that time, feasting meats such as boar and game fowl were most common among the classes who could afford them.

Christmas pudding, like the Christmas tree, originated in Germany. The day's meal with family and friends remains central to the season's festivities.

This card can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 3.