It is the only possible explanation for their bizarre greeting cards. (Just one more post about this, I promise.)
The card below is from the Victorian era. It features an apparently affluent … turnip man. Who wishes the reader “a Merry Christmas” with handheld stone tablet shaped like a heart. (Is it a tombstone? Why is their a flowering plant growing out of it?)
Now … if I had been this card’s creator, I would have at least added, “I hope all sorts of good things turnip for you in the New Year.” Because that’s how I roll.