'They're doomed for Christmas brawn and chine, for pigs must die that men may dine'

'They're doomed for Christmas brawn and chine, for pigs must die that men may dine'

'The compliments of the season, and all good things in reason'
Christmas card
Designed by H.S. Marks (1829-1898)
Published by Marcus Ward & Co.
Britain
19th century
Museum no. 15780.39

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 Print Room Box 3.