Merry Christmas ASCII Text Art

Merry Season’s Greetings!

These are some of my Christmas ASCII art. I began making my own ASCII art in 1998.

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.

Snowmen and Snow People in ASCII Text Art

The snowman is more than a Christmas tradition. We can make snowmen and snow people, snow villages even, all winter – as long as there is snow on the ground to roll up and stack. How do you decorate your snowmen? Do you keep a hat and scarf set just for your snowman, each year? Do you even have a pipe?

Snowmen are fairly easy to make in ASCII art. They can be made fancy by adding more details. It’s easier to add details on a larger sized snowman, of course. Give your Frosty some buttons, a scarf, a hat, a pipe, some mittens, a shovel, a broom, a hockey stick and puck, anything you can imagine creating. Make the snowman your own personal creation!

Think about what your favourite things about winter (sports, travel, decorating…?) are then add them to your snowman. You can take it out of the box and make a mug for hot chocolate then decorate it with a snowman. Don’t think you have to follow any standard pattern. As long as you can still recognize it as a snowman, or woman.

One nice thing about creating an ASCII art snowman… you don’t have to go out into the cold!