Christmas card, Ernest Gillick and Mary Gillick

Christmas card, Ernest Gillick and Mary Gillick

Christmas card
Ernest Gillick and Mary Gillick
Britain
20th century
Museum no. unregistered

Card shows a statue of a nude girl with her finger to her lips and holding real mistletoe.

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 Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 3.