A design, after a painting by Harrison Weir of a robin standing on a snow-covered branch, was produced in about 1861. The print of this centre had appeared in the Illustrated London News on December 25th 1858. Four other Christmas designs all using the holly motif, sometimes with mistletoe and a motto, (pattern numbers 8295, D579, D2033 and D2035) were exhibited at the 1862 International Exhibition and illustrated in the Art Journal Catalogue.
By March 2003 I had found nearly 100 Christmas/New Year designs in the pattern books dating from 1848 to 1938 with designs on tableware, giftware, ornamental ware, toilet ware and tiles. A full list of these can be found the in the Spode archive deposited at the Stoke-on-Trent City Archives.
Spode most famous Christmas pattern remains Christmas Tree - go to my page Spode & Christmas for more of my Christmas links. New product in this design made under the Spode brand can be bought from Portmeirion.