CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 11 BLOG POST
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Saturday 11th December 2021
ADVENT DOOR 11 – 24 DAY COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS DAY!
14 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY
- A CHRISTMAS CARD.
- THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS.
Why Do We Send Christmas Cards?
Written by: Luke Ward
Sir Henry Cole was a busy man and did not have the time to write personal messages for Christmas in 1843, although he didn’t want to just not send any.
So, he hired an artist called John Calcott Horsley and got him to design a card which could be sent off straight away.
The First Christmas Card
The first Christmas card created had hand drawn images of adults and children raising their wine glasses in a toast.
It also had some religious symbols on it too, for example, sprigs of holly symbolizes chastity, while ivy symbolizes places God had walked.
The message underneath the picture was “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.”
There were one thousand of these cards printed and was sold in only a few stores in London, only one of the original cards still exists today.
There are 2 reasons for the initial popularity of Christmas cards.
The custom may have caught on because greetings could be mailed for a penny each in 1843, London.
The other reason is attributed to a scandal with Horsley’s design.
A family, surrounded with religious symbols, holding glasses of wine, offended some. The controversy is thought to have helped promote Cole’s idea.
So really we send Christmas cards because it’s better than just writing personal notes to people. They look attractive and it doesn’t take much time to wish people important to you a merry Christmas.
- A Christmas Track.
- 05 Greg Lake - I Beleive In Father Christmas
- A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.
- AN ANNUAL.
- A CHRISTMAS THEMED GAME.
- CHRISTMAS FILMS.
- CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATESELECTION BOX.
- A CHRISTMAS THEMED JIGSAW.
- A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK.
- DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
- ADULT CHRISTMAS BOOK.
- A CHRISTMAS TREE.
- CHRISTMAS JUMPERS.
- CHRISTMAS TV TIMES.
- CHRISTMAS RADIO TIMES.
- A PANTOMIME.
- ELF ON THE SHELF.
- CHRISTMAS TOP TEN.
Ali Plumb’s Top 15 Best Christmas TV Episodes (That All Happen To Be Sitcoms For Some Reason)
Then… then there are the TV show Christmas specials, often overlooked but still very important in my house.
- Father Ted’s ‘A Christmassy Ted’ Christmas special (1996)
- Gavin And Stacey’s Christmas Special (2008)
- Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988)
- Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean (1992)
- Only Fools And Horses’s ‘Heroes and Villains’ (1996)
- The Royle Family Christmas Special (1999)
- Friends’s ‘The One with the Holiday Armadillo’, Episode 10, Season (2000)
- The Office Christmas specials (2003)
- Vicar Of Dibley’s The Handsome Stranger Christmas Special (2006)
- Community’s ‘Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas’ Season 2, Episode 11 (2010)
- Frasier’s ‘Merry Christmas, Mrs Moskowitz’, Season 6, Episode 10 (1998)
- The Simpsons’s ‘Marge Be Not Proud’ Season 7, Episode 11 (1995)
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s ‘Yipee Kayak’, Episode 10, Season 3 (2015)
- Knowing Me, Knowing Yule With Alan Partridge (1995)
- Peep Show’s ‘Seasonal Beatings’, Episode 5, Series 7 (2010)
Seinfeld’s ‘The Strike’ (1987)
House’s ‘Merry Little Christmas’ (2006)
Bob’s Burgers’ ‘Christmas In The Car’ (2013)
Supernatural’s ‘A Very Supernatural Christmas’ (2007)
30 Rock’s ‘Have a Ludachristmas’ (2007)
Bottom’s ‘Holy’ (1992)
Buffy’s ‘Amends’ (2008)
The Good Life’s ‘Silly But It’s Fun’ (1977)
MASH’s ‘Death Takes a Holiday’ (1980)
Then there’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and all the West Wings, and hundreds upon hundreds more. Apologies if your personal favourite wasn’t mentioned!
- SANTA & RUDOLF.
- A CHRISTMAS FACT OR TWO OR THREE.
- To visit every child on Christmas Eve, Santa would have to travel at 3000 times the speed of sound, visiting over 800 homes per second!
- Paul McCartney earns nearly half a million dollars every year from his Christmas song which many critics regard as his worst song ever.
- A large part of Sweden’s population watches Donald Duck cartoons every Christmas Eve since 1960.
- A CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE.
What does a grumpy sheep say at Christmas? Baaaa humbug!
- CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE.
©2021 Phil M Robinson