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How to Draw a Merry Christmas Card

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Would you like to learn how to draw a Merry Christmas Card? Now you can with the help of this festive winter scene.

Christmas cards have a long history. Sending letters around the turn of the year had long been a tradition in England, one which gained popularity during the 1800s as the postal service became fast and affordable.

In 1843, one socialite found he had too many friends and family members to write personal letters to.

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He solved the dilemma by having a thousand copies of a Christmas-themed image printed. Thus the first Christmas card was born.

Today, Christmas cards like the one in this drawing tutorial combine elements from many different belief systems - for example, the gift-giving elf of European folklore, the evergreen tree of ancient European nature worship, and elements of the Biblical story of Christ.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Christmas Pudding, Christmas Lights, and Christmas Stocking.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Merry Christmas Card

Merry Christmas Card drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Merry Christmas Card Step 01

1. Begin by drawing Santa Claus. Use curved lines to outline the eyebrows, eyes, nose, and top of the mustache. Shade a small oval within each eye to indicate the pupil.

Merry Christmas Card drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Merry Christmas Card Step 02

2. Continue to detail the face. Use curved lines to enclose the sides of the face, the ears, the bottom of the mustache, the open, smiling mouth, and the tongue. Use curved lines to enclose the brim of the hat.

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Merry Christmas Card drawing - step 3
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3. Use a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points to outline the long, white beard. Then, use curved lines to outline the floppy top of the hat. Finally, use "U" shaped lines to enclose the cloudlike pom pom at the tip of the cap.

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4. Use curved lines to enclose the irregular shapes of the arm, cuff, mitten, and end of the bag held in the hand. Use a long curved line to outline the bulky sack full of toys.

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5. Use curved lines to enclose the remaining cuff and mitten, and to texture the beard and bag. Outline the round sides of the jolly torso with curved lines. Then, draw a belt around his middle. For a buckle, draw a small oval and two successively larger squares. Draw pairs of curved lines between the buckle and the sides of the torso.

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6. Use curved lines to enclose a number of irregular shapes - the elongate hem of the garment, the legs, the tops of the boots, and the boots themselves.

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7. Draw a Christmas tree in the background. Use a series of curved lines to enclose the boughs of the evergreen tree, wider at the bottom and smaller at the top. Draw a small circle at the top of the tree, and use curved lines to form the trunk and drifting snow. Then, draw a five-pointed star at the top of the tree.

Merry Christmas Card drawing - step 8
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8. Draw different sized circles on the tree to indicate ornaments. Outline irregular shapes behind Santa to indicate footprints in the snow, and use a long curved line for the horizon. Then, begin outlining a banner along the top of the card. Sketch a curved rectangle, and allow the lines to extend beyond the bottom corner.

Merry Christmas Card drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Merry Christmas Card Step 09

9. Draw "V" shaped lines on each side of the banner, and connect them to the banner with straight lines. These are the ribbon-like ends of the banner. Then, write the words "Merry Christmas!" across the banner.

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Color your Christmas card cartoon. Red and green are apt colors.

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