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On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me … sugar plum fairies. 

 

I have had this card for so many years. It’s a print of an old photo of sugar plum fairies, circa 1915. So sweet are their crowns and pretty white dresses. This card was from my sis-in-law (thanks Lori!) and I enjoy seeing and displaying it again every holiday season.

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On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a jaunt in the snow.

This is another of my London finds from the V&A Museum. It’s from an original greeting card, circa 1941.

So festive!

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On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a brand new year!

 

Happy New Year!

All good wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2019!

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On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a snowy Piccadilly Square. 

When I get the chance to travel to the UK, I usually go in October. By then the shops are already gearing up for the holidays and I take advantage by picking up holiday cards. I bought this one at St. James Church in Piccadilly, London. Fridays at noon the church has free concerts and sells holiday cards for charities. The illustration is by Simon Par and the charity who benefited was MIND for better mental health. I like the colors in this scene and the scarves and umbrellas, not to mention the iconic London buses.

 

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On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a cute dog in a sweater. 

Such a great dress with the Santa cuffs and collar. The red gloves and whimsical Christmas tree umbrella are a nice touch. This was another one of my holiday cards sent out a few years ago.

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On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a trip back in time? 

I wish! This is a one-of-a-kind card I’ve had for a few years and like so much it took awhile to let it go. But this year I finally sent it off.

What are these well dressed ladies up to? Holiday shopping of course and perhaps lunch on a snowy day back in the 1940s when dressing up to go downtown was a must.

In any case, don’t they look smart?

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On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a pair of skates. 

 

I love this card! It’s one I sent out several years ago and received one year, too. I like the stylish coat, the nontraditional colors with a touch of gold, the fact that she’s skating and of course the dog who looks eager to start his holiday. I imagine it’s early evening on Christmas Eve and she’s on the way home to decorate her tree and drink hot chocolate.

The illustration is by Mary Claire Smith.

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