The Holiday Season typically invites feelings of nostalgia, wonder, and whimsy.

Bright strings of lights, parties, and, of course, the songs create the unmistakable feeling of the “most wonderful time of year.” During this time, many people tend to send Holiday cards to friends and family. We all know the ones with wreaths, snowmen, trees, menorahs, dreidels, and more. However, these simple images weren’t always the staples for Holiday cards. In fact, if we look back at the Victorian-era, we find man strange Christmas cards with deeply weird imagery on them.

Who would guess ocean animals had something to do with Christmas? Maybe it was to remind the card recipients to push through a harsh winter to a warmer, brighter spring.

Apparently, delinquent cats were a good idea for a Holidays card. What’s unsure is whether this was a card meant as a threat or actually as a card of goodwill.

Ah yes, the classic dog barking at the donkey stealing laundry invites feelings of holiday cheer like no other.

Not quite sure what an anthropomorphic pig has to do with Christmas…

The classic monkey-painting-dog card. A image that keeps the spirit of the season alive.

Ah yes, a mouse riding a lobster really reigns in the Christmas season.

So why are these cards so incredibly weird? According to Stephanie Boydell, curator of special collections at Manchester Metropolitan University, “The Victorians had a different idea to what Christmas was about – not particularly Christian, but a time of good humour. You may find a mouse riding a lobster strange – I find it funny. It’s horses for courses.”

Got any creepy holiday greetings of your own? Share them below!

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