Merry Christmas ASCII Text Art

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Merry Season's Greetings!

This is a collection of my own Christmas ASCII art. I began making my own ASCII art in 1998. It's been awhile since I updated the gallery on my site. So you won't find all of these images there if you click through.

One thing I have learned from making ASCII art is not to compare everything I do to everything everyone else has done. There will always be someone who does it better. But, if you don't get discouraged you can create some nice work of your own.

This doesn't mean you should ignore what others have created. You can find some great ideas in technique and use those yourself in your own way.

The Tradition of Christmas ASCII Art

There is something special about making Christmas ASCII art. It's like carrying on a tradition. When the Internet was fairly new there were no graphics, certainly no Flash. So simple text graphics were created from the standard keyboard characters, ASCII art. Every time I make a new ASCII art image for Christmas I think about the past, the tradition of sending Christmas wishes and all the simple things that make Christmas special to family, friends and people who have never met and yet still exchange holiday greetings online.

Share Christmas Greetings in ASCII Art

With every type of art there is a challenge in creating and displaying it with the materials used. For ASCII art the images can become warped out of shape due to the font used, the format used in HTML or the difference in viewing it on one machine and then another. So, for displaying ASCII art here I have just used a screen capture to pick them up from my original text files. It also makes them simple to share around online. So, do share them with friends and family online, continue the tradition. However, respect the ASCII artist, keep the initials with the artwork.

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