"Home for the holidays" card series

1881
Published by Raphael Tuck company
Seddon 73.2


On front:

With best wishes for a merry Christmas

On back:

Hooray for the holidays! granted at last,
  The lessons are over, the sums are all cast,
And here we are home again, jolly and free,
  As jolly as sandboys and bent on a spree;
While Ma looked so happy, and Pa cried "Well done"
  We showed them the prizes that each of us won;
And when we were tired and prayers had been said,
  We begged them to let us all sleep in one bed.
      A.J.F.


On front:

A Happy New Year to You

On back:

What can you expect from six boys in a bedroom,
  And only one bed, where they scarcely find headroom?
But pulling and tugging and calling hard names,
  And fighting with bolsters and all such rude games
There's Jack at the foot making signs with his hand
  Of defiance to battle, which all understand;
There's poor little Willie beginning to cry,
  And Tiny and Jim out of bed very nigh:
While Tom with the pillows--that naughty young elf,
  Determines to have the bed all to himself!
      A.J.F.


On front:

A joyous and glad New Year to You

On back:

Who' king of the castle, you plainly can see,
  'Tis Tommly the conqueror, now in high glee;
With pillows for weapons his victims he floors,
  That's Jacky whose noddle lies close to the drawers,
You might hear the whacks he gave, quite out of doors:
  And Benny who staggers neath "Love One Another"
May well think the motto misread by his brother,
  For surely his screams will be heard by his mother!
Tommy kicked the two little ones out--cruel urchin--
  So I"m sure you'll agree that he merits a birchin!
      A.J.F.


On front:

A Merry Christmas to You

On back:

Poor little mother! it surely is sad,
  When her boys are all home and she ought to be glad
That they cannot behave themselves out of her sight,
  Nor give her a moment of peace e'en at night;
Instead of their sleeping as quiet as mice,
  Only romping and fighting and noise will suffice:
If conduct like this she can take as a sample
  The big boys are setting a fearful example:
So she warns them, the next time they quarrel in bed--
She wont come up to them--Pa shall instead!
      A.J.F.