"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a Store? What if Christmas....perhaps....means a little bit more?"
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year,". Charles Dickens.
"My idea of Christmas whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple ... loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?" Bob Hope.
"He who has not Christmas in his heart, will never find it under a tree." Roy L. Smith.
Did you know that the custom of sending Christmas Cards was started right here in the U.K. in 1843. The very first Christmas Card had three panels - the two side panels showed people caring for the poor, and the central panel showed a family enjoying their Christmas dinner.
Christmas Cards didn't appear in America until the late 1840's, but, because of printing costs, they were very expensive and not many people could afford them. It wasn't until 1915 that John C Hall, and two of his brothers, created Hallmark Cards, who we all know today as one of the largest card makers around. Here are a just a few of the pretty Christmas stamps that have been produced each year, here in the United Kingdom.
I must admit, I have always loved browsing through cards, and I love sending them, even if it is only to let people know that I am thinking of them. I just think it's lovely to take the time to do this. In this electronic age, I still get a thrill from receiving a card or letter in the post!
So, once again this year, I will be waiting for the Christmas Cards to pop through the letterbox and enjoy trying to guess who each one is from, by the writing on the envelope.
Meanwhile, here is a little card from me to you, wherever you may be in the world.
The above images are all courtesy of Pinterest.com
I thought I would finish today by sharing a photo, taken by me, of an old fashioned Christmas at the magnificent Saltram House, a National Trust property very close to where I live. The new header photo at the top of my Blog today, was taken last week at Dartington Gardens.
Toodle pip for now 🎄