The Toronto Lithographing Co. Limited overprinted a number of their different postcards with the gold text “WISHING YOU A Merry Christmas AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.”
The date of the first instance of this overprint was in 1898, (the year the series was issued) and it continued through subsequent Christmas seasons with appropriate date changes as Toronto Litho Co. re-issued these cards in subsequent holiday seasons.
You will note that, for the Type I Canadian Cities Series cards, full back Xmas greetings were used. Once Type II cards were issued, with addresses on the back, the greetings were moved to the front of the cards. At left are some examples of these uses.
Also note that these Christmas greetings were also applied to other Toronto Litho cards, such as their patriotic series, although they are more scarce.