Frieda Gernant, Georgia Southern Professor Emirita of Art, designed her first Christmas card in 1935 for an art class assignment at Western Michigan University. She continued this artistic greeting to family and friends each year until her death in 1999. Most of the creations have a religious theme, while others are musical or holiday oriented. The first images were hand painted from hand-cut linoleum blocks. Later, she drew or painted the images and used a printing press to prepare the cards each year. Beginning in 1975, the cards were designed in groups of four. Each series includes angels, shepherds, wise men and the Nativity.