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Christmas Messages For Grandparents – American Greetings
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Grandparents hold an extra-special place in our hearts. Whereas loving parents are typically stretched — for time, for money, for patience, for energy—grandparents can lavish these things on their grandchildren.
If you’re a young adult who is still enjoying your grandparents, lucky you! What a gift to have that generation to learn from and to love. They have time to listen to you and may offer feedback from a fresh perspective.
I lived with my grandma for a year and a half while attending college. That time under her roof helped me get to know and appreciate her on a whole new level than from when I was a child.
With the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to connect with your grandparents. Whether they are near or far, send them a Christmas greeting cardto let them know they’re on your mind and on your heart.
Once you choose just the right holiday card, take a few moments to add your own message inside. We know that greeting cards already say what you want, but the simple act of writing a few heartfelt sentences can transform that piece of paper into a treasured keepsake. And isn’t that what every grandparent deserves?
Here are some ideas for What to Write in a Christmas Card to Your Grandparents:
- I’m so lucky to have [incredible / wonderful / perfect / etc.] grandparents like you.
- I think you did such an amazing job with our family!
- Sending you love and warm wishes for a Christmas that’s as wonderful as you, Grandma [Grandpa].
- Thank you for all you’ve done to make me the person I am today. I’m grateful for grandparents like you.
- My heart will be missing you at Christmas. Can’t wait to see you again.
- I don’t tell you often enough how proud I am to be your grandson/granddaughter.
- The best gift you ever gave me was teaching me to [be kind / help others / finish what I started / etc.]
- Someday, I hope to be as good of a grandma [grandpa] as you have been.
- You are a big reason my childhood was so [special / magical / great / etc.]
- I couldn’t imagine my world without you in it, Grandma [Grandpa].
Being remembered is a wonderfully gratifying feeling that’s appreciated at any age — but especially as we get older. We hope the ideas above have inspired you to write a special message and share a loving thought with a grandparent. Find more ideas for writing Christmas messages here.
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In the 19th century, the so-called open letters became popular in Russia – cards with small images, on which were placed good wishes for the holidays, small poems and just greetings. Today we call such letters greeting cards. Kultura.RF tells how postcards moved from Europe to Russia.
Elizabeth Bem. Postcard “Christmas star brought a lot of happiness! To whom happiness serves, he does not grieve about anything! Beginning of XX. State Rostov-Yaroslavl Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve, Rostov
Postcard “Merry Christmas”. Beginning of XX. Volsk Museum of Local Lore, Volsk, Saratov Region
Postcard “Merry Christmas”. 1900–1918 State Rostov-Yaroslavl Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve, Rostov
The custom of giving holiday cards came to Russia from Europe in the second half of the 19th century. However, a similar ritual existed before: it is believed that the tradition of sending a postcard began with business cards. At that time, they placed not only the personal data of the owner, but also drawings. For example, Alexander Suvorov’s business card depicted hunting for wild boars. Another ancestor of the modern Christmas card can be considered popular popular prints dedicated to traditional winter entertainments.
The first Christmas card was commissioned in 1843 by an official, Sir Henry Cole. He realized that it was hard for him to prepare congratulatory letters to numerous friends and relatives himself, and turned to the artist John Horsley. Horsley created several identical cards depicting the Cole family at a gala dinner. Soon this idea became popular throughout Europe, and similar postcards began to be printed in thousands of copies. By the way, one of the surviving cards of the first batch of 1843 was sold in 2001 at an auction for 22,500 pounds sterling
In 19th century Russia, postcards were called “open letters”. They were mailed to friends and distant relatives. Interestingly, according to the postal rules, nothing but the address could be written on the back of the card, so the text of congratulations was placed on the front side, next to the illustration. This ban was lifted only in 1904.
At first, foreign cards were brought to our country, and the first domestic postcards with the image of St. Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian cities were printed in 1895 years.
According to one version of the researchers, the author of the first Christmas card in Russia was the artist Fyodor Berenshtam. At first, the cards depicted Christian stories, winter landscapes and children’s outdoor games. Famous artists took part in the creation of pre-revolutionary cards: Alexander Benois, Lev Bakst, Konstantin Makovsky and Nicholas Roerich. One of the most popular postcard designers was the illustrator Elizaveta Boehm.
Sending Christmas cards quickly became a fashionable fad: they were sent not only to distant relatives who could not be congratulated in person, but also to close friends and even neighbors.
- 5 paintings from the collection of the State Historical Museum
- 150 years of the Historical Museum: 5 interesting exhibits ta!” . 1942. Saratov Historical and Patriotic Complex “Museum of Military and Labor Glory”, Saratov
Semyon Aladzhalyan. Postcard “Papa to the front”. 1942. Saratov Regional Museum of Local Lore, Saratov
Postcard “New Year greetings from the front!”. 1941. Saratov Regional Museum of Local Lore, Saratov
After the October Revolution, the celebration of Christmas and New Year was banned, and the tradition of exchanging postcards was temporarily stopped. This custom received a second life during the Great Patriotic War. At that time, greeting cards were patriotic: photographs of heroes were placed on them, the signatures “New Year’s greetings from the front!”, “Daddy to the front!”, There were even images of Santa Claus with a machine gun in his hands.
In Soviet times, the main New Year’s magician’s to-do list expanded: he flew into space, drove a car, took photographs, worked on a computer. Together with Santa Claus, the pictures depicted the Snow Maiden and forest animals. The Christmas theme returned to postcards only in the early 1990s.
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The most touching Christmas cards from Elizabeth II and members of the British royal family
For the soldiers who had to spend the Christmas holidays on the front line, the postcard has become a symbol of home, a hope for the future. It featured the couple on one side and neatly printed text on the other: “ With our best wishes for Christmas. May God protect and take you home safely. Maria and Georg “.
Here is a unique postcard from 1929. She used a family portrait taken by photographer Marcus Adams, which depicts the Duke and Duchess of York with their three-year-old daughter, Princess Elizabeth of York. Future king and queen – at 19In 36, George VI ascended the throne – rather modestly they signed the postcard: “ With our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Elizabeth and Bertie .”
In 1942, already during the reign of King George VI, young Elizabeth decided to follow in the footsteps of her grandparents. To support the Guards Grenadier Regiment during the Second World War, the princess prepared and sent out touching postcards with her photograph.
« It is a great honor and privilege for me to hold the rank of colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and I will do everything in my power to maintain and develop the great traditions of the regiment, which I already love ,” says the congratulations to the future British queen.
Year after year, members of the royal family prepared Christmas cards. For congratulations in 1947, the monarchs chose a photograph showing the heir to the throne, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, as well as their youngest daughter Margaret at the piano. Not surprisingly, by the time of the wedding of Elizabeth and Philip, the tradition of sending cards had already become an obligatory Christmas ritual.
Every year, the couple sent about 750 greeting cards, each of which was accompanied by good wishes and their signature. The central part of the postcard has always been a family photograph taken in the past year, and most often the couple was depicted on it with children. So, for example, in these pictures 1954 and 1956, young Elizabeth and Philip stand next to Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Christmas greetings were sent not only to members of the royal family, friends, prime ministers, governors general and high commissioners of Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries, but also to ordinary citizens. Every year the Duke of Edinburgh also sent about 200 postcards to various regiments and organizations that he regularly supported.
Postcard 1971 years old, Princes Edward, Charles and Andrew are depicted with their parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, as well as their sister Princess Anne. But that’s not all: if you look closely, you can see Anna’s two-year-old son, Peter Phillips, hiding behind Edward’s leg in the picture. And, of course, royal corgis!
Royal Postcards 1978. The first shows Prince Charles, the second shows the children of Princess Anne. Daily Mail / Shutterstock
Gradually, the tradition of sending Christmas cards was adopted by the Queen’s children and grandchildren. For example, on postcard 1981 years old newlyweds – Prince Charles and Princess Diana are depicted. Just a year later, baby Prince William will appear in the picture, and in 1984 the couple will be photographed for a Christmas card with their newborn son Harry.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry on a Christmas card, 1988
After the divorce, the couple continued to send holiday cards, but separately. In 1993, they sent personalized Christmas greetings that showed them with their two sons.
For a long time, Prince Charles appeared in traditional photographs with his heirs, until his official marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles took place in 2005. That same year, the couple used a picture taken on their wedding day as an official postcard. On it, the couple pose with their children: Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura Lopez and Tom Parker Bowles.
The Dukes of Cambridge chose as their first photo together for their 2011 Christmas card a photo of them on their first overseas tour to Canada.
In 2018, the collection of Christmas cards was replenished with congratulations from the Dukes of Sussex. In the photo, the newlyweds pose on their wedding day at Frogmore House. And in 2019, they sent out a family photo with baby Archie.