The postcard above, sent in 1877, was in the collection of my third cousin, (once removed), Janet, who made contact with me through the website http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/ - we went onto exchange family memorabilia. The verse reflects rather Victorian maudlin sentiment of the time, but it is still a lovely picture.
Christmas Card ScrapbooksBy then I had the bug, so the next year it was "A Christmas Anthology", (left) using the cards to illustrate poems, songs and literature relating to Christmas.
Last year the theme was "Christmas A-Z" (right) focusing on a wide range of aspects of the Christmas story. What would I do without the internet to help with history and definitions?
I do mean to stop - but already my mind is on a new theme - perhaps looking at the stories behind Christmas carols.
Since I began, scrapbooking has become a sophisticated hobby, but I have kept to a very simple style with the focus on the illustrations.
So to anyone who sends me a card, it continues to give pleasure long after the 12 days of Christmas have past.
Advent Calendar is a daily blogging prompt from www.geneabloggers.com to encourage writers to relate their family stories and memories.
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Adapted from a posting in December 2011.