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Nuts and Bolts: Holiday Calendar Heads-Up! June 2013

June 4, 2013

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Really organized artists work about a year ahead of holidays, but everyone should be working 3-6 months in advance. Right now, here are the cards you should be working on (and any holidays beyond these in the calendar, too). You’ll find a very brief description of the occasion + theme suggestions. If you’re unsure, check the appropriate GCU category to see examples OR do an images search in your favorite search engine or on Pinterest.


Graduation Cards
A reminder – Since many students graduate from school just before the summer holidays, it’s a good idea to make sure you’ve done alterations on any former graduation cards with a date that needs to be changed. Don’t wait for GCU to kick the old cards back to you. Get ahead and stay ahead so you’ll be in the best position to make plenty of sales.

December 21: Winter Solstice / Yule / Yuletide
A pagan religious holiday. Themes include snow, the full moon, the Goddess, the Sun King, other pagan symbolism. Cards will be found in this category – Holidays > Pagan Holidays > Winter Solstice/Yule.

December 23: Festivus
Festivus has become a popular, nondenominational,  pop culture holiday. Some celebrate it tongue-in-cheek, others take it more seriously as an alternative to Christmas commercialism. Symbols include a bare aluminum pole (Festivus pole), Airing of Grievances, Feats of Strength. Find out more about Festivus here.

December 25: Christmas
Can be celebrated as a religious holiday or a secular holiday. As a religious celebration, Christmas observes the date of Jesus Christ’s birth. Symbolism includes Nativity scene, baby Jesus, the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, the Three Wise Men following the Star of Bethlehem. Nondenominational themes include Santa Claus, elves, candy cane, wrapped present, ornaments, decorated Christmas tree, holly, ivy, mistletoe, reindeer (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is trademarked, do not use name in keywords, title, or anywhere on card), snowman, snow, ice.

December 26: Boxing Day / St. Stephens Day
Holiday celebrated the day after Christmas and observed primarily in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and a few other Commonwealth countries. Generally, Boxing Day cards designs contain images of wrapped gifts.

December 26: Kwanzaa
A week-long, African-American specific holiday celebrated often in conjunction with Christmas but sometimes instead of Christmas. Kwanzaa symbols include Africa, the colors red/green/black/yellow, African inspired decorative patterns, seven candles or a seven-branched candelabra, fruits and vegetables, the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.

December 31: New Year’s Eve
Often celebrated with parties, alcoholic drinks, a countdown to the New Year. Symbols include Father Time, Baby New Year, fireworks, confetti, people having fun/drinking, clock, champagne bottle, party hat, blowing horn, making resolutions, tuxedo, top hat, limousine.

January 6: Epiphany / Little Christmas
A religious holiday celebrating the revealing of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Often symbolized with the Three Wise Men and/or the Star of Bethlehem.

January 16: Tu Bishvat / New Year for Trees
A Jewish religious holiday based on  Leviticus 19: 23-25 and also known as “Jewish Arbor Day.”  The day can be marked by planting a  tree and/or eating a new fruit or dried fruit preserves. Symbols of Tu Bishvat include fruit trees in bloom, fruits especially grapes, pomegranates, figs, olives, dates, and grape vines, wheat, or barley.

January 20: Martin Luther King Day
Holiday celebrating the life of black civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Be careful when choosing photographs or quotes from MLK – much of his work remains copyrighted and photos of him aren’t necessarily in the public domain and/or free for commercial use. Do your research!

January 26: Australia Day / ANA Day
The official national day of Australia, the country’s largest annual civic event. Symbols include the Australian flag, kangaroo, koala, a map of Australia (public domain only, please), people enjoying the beach, sailboats, beach themed elements like sunglasses, beach towel, beach ball. Be careful of photographs of iconic places like Sydney Harbor and the Sydney Opera House – they may not be public domain and/or free for commercial use. Research!

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 5, 2013 5:20 pm

    wow, with such a long list…there wont be too many beach days!

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