“Peace on Earth for Young and Old … May your holidays be Black and Gold.”
That’s just one of the inscriptions on a set of four new Yinzer Greetings cards that arrived this week at Pittsburgh-area Giant Eagle and Market District stores for the holidays.
Pittsburgh comedian Jim Krenn, radio personality Larry Richert and cartoonist Rob Rogers have collaborated on them to “put a twist on Pittsburgh traditions that reflect the playful spirit of the holidays,” says an announcement about the cards.
Rogers’ many fans will recognize his distinctive illustrations and hand-lettering on the cards, which retail for $4.99 each.
And the humor, complete with parking chair and PennDOT references, and Santa going on about his friend who lives up ‘er in Butler making wicked good venison stew (much to the horror of reindeer standing nearby) will likely appeal to long-time Pittsburghers.
A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit Animal Friends, a nonprofit that has been helping Pittsburgh’s animals through adoptions, spay/neuter services and more for 75 years.
“Although we’ve changed the pronunciation of many words over the years, ‘yinz’ is the most emblematic of Pittsburghers,” Krenn says. “So we’re saluting our heritage and having some fun with the dialect that often compresses the pronunciation of words and phrases.”
In addition to the Christmas and holiday cards, Yinzer Cards also include Pittsburgh humor for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, n’at.