A decades-old holiday tradition was renewed Thursday, when the Museum of York County unveiled its annual Vernon Grant Christmas card and Christmas ornament.
The longtime Rock Hill resident and artist is best known as the creator of the Snap! Crackle! and Pop! gnome-like characters that have served as spokes-cartoons for Kellogg's Rice Krispies since 1933.
On the 2010 Vernon Grant limited-edition ornament - titled "It all starts with Dear Santa ..." - Santa is writing out his Christmas list. On the 2010 Vernon Grant Christmas card - titled "Hi Ho Santa" - St. Nick is entertaining an elf.
For 24 years, the collectible, gold-plated ornament and card have been created from classic illustrations by the late Grant, who retired to Rock Hill in the 1940s.
The ornament - priced at $19.98 - is funded by WRHI-AM, WRHM-FM, WAX-FM and WVSZ-FM. The Christmas card costs $3 and is dedicated to the memory of Dot Amick, who served the Culture & Heritage Museums as a volunteer, docent and board member.
The card is made possible by David and Jan Angel, David Angel Insurance and Financial Services.