“For Father Christmas 2019, I felt that it was time to come back to the original message of Peace and that the use of green, representing Earth, was important to the ‘World Peace” message.”
18th in the series.
And there’s another family connection for Joanne – many of the bags holding Father Christmas’ messages were created by her mother, Leona. A professional seamstress, Joanne’s mother not only sewed the bags for early ornament prototypes but she also helped Joanne design the rich fabric coats that each Father Christmas wears. Joanne is clearly grateful for her mother’s help. “She’s turning 90 this coming year, but I still run my ideas by my mom,” she smiles.
In terms of popularity, Joanne says Father Christmas has been the high point of her Keepsake career, which began in 1996. ““I started Father Christmas 16 years ago, and I’m working on #18 for 2021 already!” she says. “I’ve signed more of these ornaments than anything else I’ve done so far.”
For that she can give partial credit to her family heritage. But the attraction of such enduring ideals as Peace, Harmony, and Wonder also help make Father Christmas a welcome holiday messenger.
“There’s no better feeling than to see Father Christmas in the hands of those who really appreciate him,” she says.