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Religious Christmas Cards That Celebrate the Christmas Tree

Prepare the Way of the Lord
Prepare the Way of the Lord

The evergreen with its unchanging verdant appearance even in deepest winter has for a long time been a symbol of eternal life, but it has only been associated with the Christian celebration of Christmas since the gospel came to Europe.

The Tree is an Ancient Symbol
Church fathers in ancient Rome decried the use of evergreen because of its association with Emperor worship. However, by the time the first missionaries arrived in Germany attitudes had begun to shift. Later, in the 1500s, Christmas trees came to be associated with the remembrance of Jesus’ birth. It is believed this came about because part of the Christmas celebration hearkened back to the Creation story complete with a Paradise Tree decorated with fruit. As these public plays linking Creation and Christmas were outlawed, people simply brought their beloved Paradise Tree into the privacy of their homes. Over time, the fruit ornaments were exchanged for wafer cookies imitating the communion wafer.

The Tree Enters Mainstream Christianity
Early church leaders worried that the tree took attention away from Jesus, but popular culture traditions are hard to overcome. Trees remained popular and eventually started appearing even inside the church. The reformer Martin Luther approved of trees and the emphasis on lights in a world of darkness. It was around this time that the trees also became commonly associated with gift-giving. Christian gift-giving at Christmas is most often traced to a Turkish bishop named St Nicholas who is remembered for giving presents to children of the poor.

The Christmas tree is now one of the most iconic symbols of this major Christian holiday. Yet, even though Christmas trees are ubiquitous, few know the story behind them. What fun to send religious Christmas cards that celebrate this long-standing Christmas symbol. The Printery House offers several religious Christmas cards which celebrate the tree.

The Christmas Tree
This attractive card includes the Legend of the Christmas Tree on the inside. Legend says that the Paradise Tree was cursed by Adam and Eve’s sin but was restored to life on the night of Jesus’ birth.

The Blessing of the Christmas Tree
This card carries a trendy Christmas tree design which is filled with a prayer of blessing for the Christmas tree.

Tis the Season
Perfect for your north Atlantic island friends or anyone who appreciates Irish art. The cleverly designed tree is actually constructed of Celtic knots.

See What Love the Father has Given Us
This beautiful Christmas card front bears a colorful Christmas tree with a superimposed image of the Nativity.

Jesus came to earth at Christmas to bring eternal life. It is fitting to honor His unending life and love with a green tree in winter. This year, send religious Christmas cards which celebrate the tree as a symbol of the Lord.

Use Catholic Christmas Cards to Connect With Loved Ones

A Christmas Prayer
A Christmas Prayer

Choosing the year’s Christmas greeting card is a fun and meaningful decision – especially when there are so many choices. Some families like quaint cards and some like those with a cute design. Others decide based on the text and prefer artwork that is understated. Whichever kind you like best, Catholic Christmas cards from The Printery House have just the right look and message for you. Here is a sample of what you’ll find online at The Printery House.

Unique Miracle of Christmas Collection
The Miracle of Christmas cards boast a muted black and white winter photo on the outside along with a bible verse and contemplative prayer on the inside. The cards are handmade and composed by the monks of Conception Abbey making them truly unique.

Spirit of Christmas Assortment
With a more colorful and contemporary look, the Spirit of Christmas cards will appeal to those looking for specific messaging. Bright, modern artwork from artists, including the renowned author/illustrator Tomie dePaola combine with prayers for current issues like good stewardship of the earth and peace to reign in the world.

Christmas Classics
Classic Catholic Christmas cards feature lovely works of traditional art, some taken from the Beuronesem murals in the Abbey itself. The tried and true images of the nativity are like miniature paintings matched with the timeless words of Scripture.

Good Form for Form Letters
Once you’ve chosen your cards, your next decision is whether or not to compose a letter to be included in the cards. Here are a few tips if you decide on a family newsletter.

1. Begin with a cheerful word. Something like “We love connecting with family and friends at this time of year! Or, Blessings of the Season from our home to yours!” Begin your letter on a joyful note.

2. Less really is more. If your letter is too long people will set it aside to be read later and may never actually get to it. Be brief and only mention a few highlights from the year.

3. Write simply and clearly. Your goal is communication and highlights of the year.

4. Family letters are probably not appropriate for business associates. Try organizing your card list according to: family, friends, business, other (social clubs, neighbors, church etc.)

5. Fewer photos is a good thing. Focus on one or two good pictures that really highlight your family.

Form letters save you time, but they can’t replace personal words. Even large group letters need a line or two written in your own hand to the recipients. Browse through our Catholic Christmas cards online and choose a design that suits your family’s personality. Then, form letter or not, find a few personal words to share. At The Printery House we offer cards that can help you connect with friends and family this Christmas season.

Giving the Gift of Love Through Religious Christmas Cards

Peace Doves
Peace Doves

Everyone wants to know that they are thought of and appreciated, especially during the Christmas season, a time when family members can’t always be together, no matter how much they wish that they could be. Sometimes, in these cases, a thoughtful act can really help spread the love during Christmastime and help solidify a giving spirit from within your family. Taking the time to put others before ourselves is an important way to connect ourselves to the world around us and show that we are willing to put the needs and desires of other people above our own.

A heartfelt note of love or appreciation received in the mail can go a long way. So can a freshly baked plate of cookies or time spent reading the Christmas story to an elderly person at a nursing home. Showing your kids from a young age how important it is to give rather than receive can turn your Christmas season into a charitable one. Volunteering can do a lot for a person’s soul, making them feel needed and helpful.

For servicemen who are overseas and away from their families during the holidays, religious Christmas cards scribbled on the inside with the thoughtful words of a young child can really warm their hearts when they may be feeling lonely. A perfect way to show goodwill towards men during the holidays could be for you to order some religious Christmas cards and allow your children to write sweet, compassionate messages to soldiers in combat during the Christmas season. Teaching your children to think of others first, especially during a season associated with giving and thoughtfulness helps them learn about giving back.

For Christians, the reason for the season is Jesus, so sharing your faith and opening your heart at the same time is a good way to spread Christmas cheer. Religious Christmas cards come from the heart, as the words written within them are up to you and can be just what the person receiving them on the other end needs to hear.

The Printery House offers a whole line of religious Christmas cards that can be used to brighten up the Christmas experience of those that mean the most to you this year. They can be taped on top of a Tupperware dish filled with cookies that you give to a local orphanage or to a friendly neighbor, slipped into an envelope and mailed to a faraway family member or serviceman, or stuffed into a gift bag along with a thoughtful gift for a person you truly love. Choosing to fill your Christmas season with a spirit of love and giving can unite your family and give your children a holiday experience that they will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Sending Catholic Christmas Cards: Continuing the Tradition

Abbey Prayer for Christmas
Abbey Prayer for Christmas

Yes, it’s still gloriously Fall. The gold and amber of autumn hasn’t yet faded to winter grey. So why should you be thinking of Christmas cards now? It seems in this digital age many families are disposing of the practice of sending actual Christmas cards. But there are several good reasons for continuing the tradition of mailing out Christmas cards.

1. Cards are Expressions of Love
It may be easier to shoot out an e-card, but that’s just the point. Sitting down to address a real card and even include a personal line or two takes time. It’s an investment made in relationship. Actual cards are gifts and they do a great job of expressing sincere love – especially in an electronic environment.

2. Catholic Christmas Cards are Expressions of Faith
Christmas time is a natural time to bear witness to the hope that is in you. Sending friends and loved ones or even casual friends and co-workers a faith-based card is great way to celebrate the season and the truth that guides your life. The Printery House offers a wide selection of Catholic Christmas cards to suit every taste or need. There is a collection of Abbey Christmas Prayer cards made onsite at Conception Abbey and each of which contains a prayer composed by the monks of the order. There are also cards based on classic works of art depicting the birth of Christ along with more contemporary designs. This is a time to celebrate what it means to be a believer!

3. Cards are Symbols of Celebration
Years ago many homes hung the cards received from loved ones on a string of holiday garland. Christmas cards were part of the holiday décor. Others tape cards on the front door or refrigerator during the season. A collection of cards adds to the atmosphere of rejoicing.

A few guidelines:

  • Consider mailing cards at least to close friends and family members. You don’t have to be a letter-writer, but a couple of personal lines will make the card precious to the recipients.
  • Think about sending Catholic Christmas cards to people who sent you a card last Christmas. One family keeps the cards they receive in a basket on the meal table and prays for each person or family represented throughout the year. Wouldn’t you like to be in their basket?
  • Family newsletters are not taboo, but keep in mind that less is more, and only mail them to people you know are truly interested. Beware of using them to boast.
  • Send out cards earlier rather than later. The USPS suggests mailing cards at least 20 days in advance. Thanksgiving week is not too soon. On the other hand, some families enjoy mailing cards later during the 12 days of Christmas. Just be sure that recipients understand what you are about and don’t mistakenly suppose they were an afterthought.

Keep the tradition of Christmas cards alive. Visit us at The Printery House and check out our extensive variety of Catholic Christmas cards. You’ll be glad you did and so will the people who receive them!