Christmas card, Anonymous

Christmas card, Anonymous

Christmas Greeting
Christmas card
Anonymous
Published by Spottiswoode & Eyre
Britain
19th century
Chromolithograph with gold stamped border
Museum no. 28897.8

The tradition of kissing beneath the mistletoe originates in an old Norse practice of warring enemies calling truce under mistletoe, completing their pledge with a kiss. This kiss symbolised an exchange of souls. Apart from encouraging peace and reconciliation, mistletoe was believed to have medicinal and healing properties.

This card can be found in Print Room Box 3.