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Penguins on parade for Orange Order's festive cards


Two of the designs on the new Orange Order Christmas cards

Two of the designs on the new Orange Order Christmas cards

Two of the designs on the new Orange Order Christmas cards

The 'loyal' penguins are back... which can only mean one thing this December.

The fictional characters are once again the face of this year's humorous Christmas cards unveiled by the Orange Order.

The birds are bidding seasonal goodwill, while focusing on another significant date in the calendar.

Struggling with a large Christmas tree and decorations, one penguin is wishing it was the Twelfth of July every day.

In another, a snowman wearing an Orange collarette with lodge number 1795 - referencing the formation year of the institution - bids recipients festive joy this Christmas.

Grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Edward Stevenson said the seasonal initiative always proves extremely popular, with orders being placed from across the world.

He said: "We very much hope this year's range of Christmas cards will raise a smile when they drop through letterboxes at home and abroad.

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"In previous years demand has exceeded supply, which would indicate they are purchased not only by Orangemen and their families, but also capture the imagination of the wider public. We may have our differences in Northern Ireland, nevertheless, we all share the same sense of humour."

In addition to the light-hearted designs, a religious card focusing on next year's Reformation anniversary highlights the influence of Martin Luther as a hymn writer. There is also a replication of a First World War card, depicting the 36th (Ulster) Division logo, to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

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