Student Gives South Florida Feel to Christmas Card Design

Senior graphic arts major Courtney Houston designed this year's Palm Beach Atlantic University Christmas card. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, accredited, Christ-centered college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.For a taste of the holidays in South Florida, look no further than this year’s Palm Beach Atlantic University Christmas card.

Senior graphic arts major Courtney Houston’s work was chosen from more than 30 illustrations by President William M.B. Fleming, Jr. and his wife, Pam, to convey the spirit of the season.

“My first thought was that I wanted to do something different – something that wouldn't look like all the other Christmas cards at the Christian bookstore,” Houston said.

Instead of using winter scenery, Houston drew on PBA’s South Florida location to give the cover a more tropical feel. She said she chose the verse on the cover, 2 Corinthians 9:15, to represent what Christmas is all about.

“Jesus is our indescribable gift from God!” Houston said. “I used ribbon and ornaments, that would work along with the cross, to represent the receiving of this gift.”

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