A simple good wish and an even simpler pencil drawing of a globe-spanning dinner table (what?!?), were the ingredients in my first ever Christmas Card, created in 2002.
The assist on the 2010 card goes to Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up author J.M. Barrie, who is credited with the quotation featured on the front.
This was the first year I sidestepped scissors, stamps, and the sweet smell of xerox fumes, producing an all digital card out of a table design, photo, and email blast that went out on The Night Before. (Photo: PaC)
Ma and I were expecting our first special delivery – to arrive around Christmas – when I designed this card. Jane* joined us three days before Santa’s visit, giving him plenty of time to hang a stocking for her – as the drawing hoped that he would.
The Clement Clark Moore standard meets, you guessed it, Norman the Great. Pickle lovers will recognize traces of their favorite brand in the seal at center.
Combining the dark shades so featured in a hit of that season with the body of a classic Rockwell? Maybe I am.
Proofs of the cover and inside of the ’04 edition, inspired — and autographed by — the great Walter Iooss, Jr. If you never have, you really should catch him.