The penguin Christmas card

In the mail, from Mary Ballard, this penguin Christmas card (from Fantus Paper Products), featuring the conventional schematic cute penguin, which can be seen in many variants all over the place, not just at holiday time:

(#1) I get a penguin, because the penguin is one of my totem animals; but penguins, stereotypically from cold and snowy lands, are in general associated with holiday time in the Northern Hemisphere, so penguin Christmas cards are something of a thing

Previously on this blog, at least two penguin Christmas cards:

(#2) A Wallace & Gromit Christmas

(#3) A Monterey Bay Aquarium Christmas

The Antarctic Portmanteau Xmas Song. Combine penguin with the Xmas song “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, and you get “It’s Penguin(n)ing to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (with two ways of reconciling the spellings of penguin (one N) and beginning (two Ns)). Two versions from Etsy suppliers, the first with iconic cute penguins, the second with a more realistic cartoon penguin:

(#4) An Etsy Creaternet card

(#5) An Etsy NineTwoDesign card

And on the song (whose generic sentimental cheerfulness sets my teeth on edge, but there it is), from Wikipedia:

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is a Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson. The song was originally titled “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”. The song has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra [in 1951]

You can watch the (cheesy) official music video of the 1951 Perry Como recording on YouTube here.


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