Merry Christmas!

elizabeth stroble linoleum block print christmas poster

The wrapping is finished. I’ve got a good start on Christmas breakfast and dinner. The house looks somewhat presentable. I’m feeling conflicted – grateful Christmas is a once a year event – and sad that I’ve not had more time to enjoy the season. There’s so much more I wanted to do, but have just run out of time – and energy!

My grandmother’s aunt, Elizabeth Stroble, created this linoleum block print when she lived in St.Paul, Minnesota (1940s-1950s). This is one of a dozen or so poster “cards” I have and cherish. She sent these posters each year as her Christmas card. The sentiment of this particular poster makes me wonder if it was created during war time. It reads:

The gloom of our troubled world is but a shadow.
Behind it we shall find Joy.

Here’s hoping you are safe and happy this Christmas eve. Wishing you and your loved ones a Christmas filled with Peace and Joy.


Past Christmas linoleum block print posts:
24 Dec 2014
24 Dec 2013
24 Dec 2012
24 Dec 2011
24 Dec 2010


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11 Responses to Merry Christmas!

  1. Helen says:

    What a fabulous card she made! It’s beautiful and with a wonderful sentiment. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Kathleen Anderson says:

    I’m always lifted up when you post the linoleum block prints. They evoke another era that reminds me of my parents and the hardships they endured with grace. Thanks. Merry Christmas!

    • Susan says:

      I understand what you mean. There is something nostalgic about them that pulls at my heart strings. Merry Christmas!

  3. Sara says:

    Merry Christmas, Susan!

  4. randy says:

    Hi I do know what you mean. Even as a retired person I had a stress attack yesterday afternoon as I sat sewing the edge closed on a three sided tea cosy, while sitting with it on my lap while shielding it with a lap quilt from prying eyes. I tried to get the stress out of the holiday. Peace and Joy… I got the cosy done with the receipient thinking it is a hat HA.

    • Susan says:

      There’s nothing like last minute! I too was racing to finish a gift I JUST yesterday morning. Merry Christmas!

  5. Diane says:

    Merry Christmas–
    I think we all plan and do tooo much in a too short span of time–yet we have a whole year to prepare for the next Christmas—it is life!!
    smiles, di

  6. Diane says:

    Ohh–forgot to tell you that block is beautiful–she was very talented–
    smiles, di

  7. Simone says:

    The block print is a wonderful work of art. I love the sentiment on it too – so very apt for today’s World.

  8. Sharyn Duehring says:

    Thanks you for sharing you wonderful patterns and spirit on this blog.Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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