Snowy landscapes...Santa's workshop...pictures of happy families. At this time of year you've given and received enough Christmas cards that they all start to run together. But if you look back - way back - to the pre-Hallmark days, there's a whole world of unusual, funny and disturbing cards to enjoy. Here's a selection.
Ducks And Beetles: Together At Last
At first I thought this was a warmhearted reminder that Christmas is about spending time with people you love even though they are very different from you. Then I realized the ducks may be preparing to eat the beetle. Merry Christmas?
Happy Holidays! Enjoy Some Frog Crime
Because nothing says Merry Christmas like, uh, violent frog murder.
Not a huge fan of that pun, but this card beat 'Sausage Party' to the punch by several years.
Don't Show These Pigs The Sausage Card
Honestly, this might be the most accurate representation of how I feel after two days of Christmas cheer and turkey naps.
Actually, this is the most accurate representation of me after Christmas dinner.
I've Got A Baaaaaad Feeling About This...
Children: Don't talk to strange goats on Christmas. They just want to eat your garbage.
Hot 'n Heavy Christmas Tree Action
So that's how apple-scented Yankee candles are made.
This is the ideal male body. You may not like it, but this is what peak performance looks like.
Seasonal Depression in Christmas Card Form
...I suddenly miss the sausage that makes puns.
Santa The Phone Creep
Santa used to dial a lot of 1-900 numbers.
Watch Out For The Krampus
The half-human, half-goat anti-Santa is a popular figure on cards in some parts of Europe. Here's the Krampus leading a bunch of naughty children to their doom, apparently.
Krampus in Love
Lest you think the Krampus doesn't have a softer side, here he is dancing with his special lady. Congratulations to their future, hoofed offspring!