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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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On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me … Boxing Day!

Today is Boxing Day in the UK. Going back at least to the Victorian era, Boxing Day  was the servants day off (since they had to take care of wealthy families on Christmas) and a day when they received from their employers bonuses and perhaps other gifts placed in a box.  It was also when houses might box up clothing to give to local charities.

Today in the UK it’s a national holiday – no work for many and major after Christmas sales in the shops.

It’s one of my favorite days of the season. One on which I plan nothing in particular but staying home and enjoying quiet time – reading, baking, perhaps working on a craft project. It’s down time after the hectic run-up to Christmas.

Happy Boxing Day!

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a Christmas book. 

 

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He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

 

Excerpt from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.

Happy Christmas to all and to all a good-night.

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