Friday, 23 November 2007

Antique Christmas cards are vintage collectables

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I'M NOT sending any Christmas cards this year. Not only do they cost a fortune,  considering they're just bits of folded card, but with the added cost of the postage, I decided to save my money.

Instead, my New Year resolution is to add to my collection of Victorian Christmas cards, some of which are pictured here.

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Some friends of ours have a lovely Christmas tradition of their own. Instead of sending their family members a new Christmas card each year, the same small collection of "antique" cards gets circulated among them, each person receiving a different one than the previous year.

Rather than being chucked into the waste recycling bin, or chopped up to make gift tabs (which is another useful money-saving tip) our friends' vintage cards are carefully stored away for a year and then brought out to be posted again for a new round of festive cheer.

I'm afraid I wouldn't risk the hazards of the postal service. Not that vintage Christmas cards

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Thursday, 8 November 2007

All I want for Christmas is a pop-up book

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THERE'LL be no Wiis in my house this Christmas thank you very much. We watched them being demonstrated at the launch by Nintendo PR girls thrusting, parrying and gesticulating in front of a widescreen TV.

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It immediately made us wonder how long it would be before one of them let the thing slip, sending it crashing through the screen. Wiis don't have a wrist strap for nothing, but if I was the parent of a youngster expecting one from Santa this Christmas, I be taking out extra insurance.

Oh for the days when children were content with a stocking containing an orange, the latest Dandy or Beano annual, a handful of assorted nuts (still in their shells, of course) and a few simple and inexpensive toys. Ah yes, I remember it well.

Time was when the must-have Christmas present for children and adults alike was a magical

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