It’s Christmas in Heaven

Here we are, another year is gone. But I'm happy - it has been a good year. And I wanted to do something to show you my appreciation.
I wanted to thank all those people who kept following me and showing me their appreciation during this year. It is your enthusiasm which keeps this project going!
And what could have been the most appropriate way to do it? As a kid of the Internet: an e-card, of course!
Do you remember them? In the good old day of internet, they were the next big thing. My Father always tells me that it was one of the coolest thing to do in the early 2000's! Kids these days will never know the joy of opening your inbox and find one of those low-res jpeg images in your email!
So we spent some quality family time investigating the history of this forgotten media. Who invented them, and why? Wikipedia says that the first e-postcard site was created in late 1994 by Professor Judith Donath at the MIT Media Lab. It was called "The Electric Postcard" and in this thesis the author explains why the project was created and the reasons behind it.

The most significant function of the postcard, and the reason, I believe, for the great popularity of The Electric Postcard, is that they allow people to keep in touch without having to actually say anything. A notable thing about postcards is how trite the messages often are: ``The weather is great. Wish you were here.'' A letter like that would be ludicrous, even rude. Yet the main point of a postcard is its subtext: I'm thinking of you, just checking in, making the rounds remotely. The picture on the card takes the place of the message. It lets the sender express a bit of his or her taste (for humor or for the macabre or, most popularly, for Impressionist prints), like sending a little gift.

Well, this is my little Christmas gift for you. It has been pretty hard to find the images originally used by the Electric Postcard website for the Holiday Season (and those I found were also of an awful quality) but I hope you'd appreciate this little trip in the Internet's prehistory and the results of this experiment.

Some of those images will be gifted to my most active fans of the past year. Others will be the subject of a little giveaway on my Social pages, so don't forget to try your luck and win one of them.

I which you all a merry Christmas and a wonderful 2021 with this Christmas Poem which I wrote for all of you - whatever it means!


Let the sons of Christmas
Do the same. Let them light
The Christmas candle,
And with a drink of ale
And a song on their lips,
Let them hold high their source
Of light, to the twin towers
Of Christ's Church.
Come then, elves, you heavenly song
That leads the Christmas Carols
To bring to us your gift,
And leave the light burning on me,
To help you all to gather
Blessed are ye
All who sing from our lofty heights,
Since the victory is complete,
And death shall have none to ransom;
And no god shall save the stones.
Let no confection mark your brow
From the grate of God's banquet.


Christmas Heart Traces
Christmas Heart Traces
Yearly Jesus
Yearly Jesus
Blossomful
Blossomful
Heaven on Earth
Heaven on Earth
Christmas in full bloom
Christmas in full bloom
Moments of Bliss - Nativity painting
Moments of Bliss - Nativity painting
A woman with a Child
A woman with a Child
Christmaiomai
Christmaiomai
Angels and Holy Mother Mary
Angels and Holy Mother Mary
Observations on The Holy Mother in a Deadly Storm
Observations on The Holy Mother in a Deadly Storm
Cat on the kitchen sink
Cat on the kitchen sink
An Annunciation - Fidelis Contingens
An Annunciation - Fidelis Contingens