How print saved Christmas….

51V440JQH3L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_OK.  That does sound like a title for yet another Holiday-themed movie. But in a way, print did save Christmas – or at least helped create the Christmas traditions that we enjoy today.

During the 1600’s, England was under an extreme religious fervor that included banning of religious observations: this fervor was based on a strict interpretation of The Bible. Even if Christmas was an event IN The Bible, the celebration of it was not, so observing Christmas was banned.

By the time Dickens was writing in the 1840’s, England had not only returned to being a more celebratory nation, it was examining and exploring and embracing long-dormant Christmas traditions. By writing “A Christmas Carol”, Dickens defined many of the traditions that we enjoy celebrating today. “New” traditions like carol singing, decorating, and giving & receiving of gifts – all these became popular and established as Christmas traditions, due in the most part to Dickens’ beloved book.

So, that’s how Print Saved Christmas!

So, Merry Christmas – Merry Printmas – to all!


About John Prothero

John Prothero is a print professional with over 30 years experience in the print industry. Starting out as a driver delivering jobs, he worked in bindery, proofing, plating, traditional prepress (camera and stripping), scheduling, job planning, job management, account management and digital job production. His skills also run in the area of blog authorship, social media management, and lead generation and qualification of prospective clients. John is also a contributor to Rhode Island Creative Magazine, a digital publication that highlights the creative spirit of the state of Rhode Island. You can read their online issues at
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