Christmas is a blessed time to remember the miraculous Gift of God's love and there are few better ways to celebrate than with Catholic Christmas cards.
The tradition of sending specially designed Christmas cards dates back to England in 1843, when Sir Henry Cole designed the first card.
The three-panel design shows people tending to the poor on the side panels and in the middle, a family celebrating Christmas dinner. It is especially powerful today when considering the call of Pope Francis for the Church to dedicate itself more deeply to helping the poor.
Such messages on Catholic Christmas Cards that encourage loved ones to reconnect with the Miracle of Christ's presence in the world make them ideal gifts at a Christmas dinner party. In addition to a beautifully lit Christmas Advent Wreath with Advent Candles, placing a special Catholic Christmas card at each guest's place completes a memorable table setting.
Each card can share a different scripture that celebrates Christ's entry into our world, such as:
- Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the young woman, pregnant and about to bear a son, shall name him Emmanuel.
- Luke 2:12 - And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
- Isaiah 9:5 - For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. -They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
In addition, sharing memories of meaningful Christmas times spent together can create an ambience of love and fellowship - the perfect way to honor the Prince of Peace.
Find more great ideas for the perfect Catholic Christmas dinner by visiting the Leaflet Missal blog throughout the month of December.