History 25 Bizarre and Disturbing Victorian Christmas Cards  

Kellen Perry
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List Rules Vote up the most strange and unnerving Victorian holiday cards.

There's something inherently twisted about Victorian culture: from creepy headless photos and exhausting courtship rituals to bone-chilling funeral portraits, the era was full of behavior and imagery that is off-putting at best and nightmare-inducing at worst. Some of the most unsettling stuff? Bizarre Victorian Christmas cards, believe it or not.

Before treacly Hallmark greetings, Shultz's schmaltzy Peanuts gang, and novelty naughty Santas became the norm, creepy Victorian Christmas cards featured devils, grotesque snowmen, homicidal frogs, goats, and a lot of dead birds. It's creepy, deeply unsettling stuff, especially if you don't like anthropomorphic animals (or impaled meat pies with wine-bottle legs). Below is just a small sample of the horror show. Happy Holidays!

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'A Merry Christmas to You'

'A Merry Christmas to You' is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25 Bizarre and Disturbing Victorian Christmas Cards
Photo: Horrible Sanity
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'A Loving Christmas Greeting'

'A Loving Christmas Greeting' is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25 Bizarre and Disturbing Victorian Christmas Cards
Photo: Tea Tree Gully Library
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'A Happy Christmas to You'

'A Happy Christmas to You' is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25 Bizarre and Disturbing Victorian Christmas Cards
Photo: TuckDB Ephemera
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'Greetings from Krampus'

'Greetings from Krampus... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25 Bizarre and Disturbing Victorian Christmas Cards
Photo: Tea Tree Gully Library
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