'All is calm, all is bright' Christmas card set of 12
“Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright”
In the deep midwinter as the weak sun rises and the last snowflakes flutter to the ground and settle on the branches of dormant trees you look outside your window, a mug of steaming tea in your hands, and see first glimmer of the brightest star in the sky shimmering on the horizon…
Celebrating the silent nights of winter, this set of 12 cards capture the snowy branches of a dormant tree, reminding us to slow down and save energy during these cold months, and the glittering Sirius star that appears on winter’s dawn horizon, reminding us to connect loved ones that make us feel wonderful - like the brightest star in the sky.
Graced with watercolour by Agnes Becker and dip pen calligraphy by Gaelle Jolly these cards are the perfect way to reconnect with your loved ones with a moment of wonder for the winter’s silent night.
6 x ‘All is calm’ snowy branch card
6 x ‘All is bright’ starry night card
Size: 10.5 x 14.8 cm Envelope: recycled brown fleck Kraft Card: 300gsm 100% recycled card Medium: watercolour, dip pen and ink, Photoshop Ribbon: navy blue silk ribbon
Front of ‘All is calm’ snowy branch card: All is calm Inside: blank Back of snowy branch card: In winter, deciduous trees survive the cold temperatures and lack of sunlight by slowing down and saving as much energy as possible. To start this state of dormancy trees lose their leaves (to prevent water loss and save energy) and slow down growth (to make the most of their food stores as they don’t have leaves to produce new food through photosynthesis). During autumn Abscisic acid, ABA, builds up in the buds, signaling the leaves to fall. ABA in the buds also starts the production of callose. Callose blocks the channels between growth cells, preventing the cells from communicating and growing new leaves. It takes a long, cold period to break up the callose blocks meaning the buds don’t start to grow until spring.
Front of ‘All is bright’ starry night card: All is bright Inside: blank Back of starry night card: On a clear, crisp winter night, look up and spot Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Also known as the Dog Star and Alpha Canis Majoris, Sirius (from the Greek meaning “sparkling” or “scorching”) is in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. Draw a line through Orion’s Belt and Sirius lies roughly eight times as far from the Belt as the Belt is wide. Just 8.6 light years away (relatively close!), Sirius is an “A” type star, i.e. it’s much hotter than our sun with a surface temperature of 9,400°C compared to 5,500°C and puts out 26 times as much energy, despite only being around twice the size of our sun.