This Victorian card shows a wealthy family digging into their Christmas roast

At least in mid-Victorian times. Beef and turkey were the protein of the upper middle and upper class; the less well off would eat oysters or goose. Hence the traditional British rhyme:

“Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat

“Please put a penny in the old man’s hat

“If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do

“If you haven’t got a ha’penny then God bless you!”

The tradition of the Christmas tree was brought over from Germany by Prince Albert. The Christmas card initially was too expensive (I think things have reverted) but once mass printing became available, that tradition took off. So basically, as I sit on my soap box and bemoan the commercialism of Christmas, it seems that the Victorians have a lot to answer for.

That aside, I am not a “Bah humbug” person at Christmas. I do think it brings out, in a lot of people, their nicer sides. It would be nice if that side was visible all year round. But, little steps.

I hope everyone who ventured into the depths of hell today, aka the Mall, survived unscathed, and that you can now take a deep breath and relax and just enjoy the time with your family and friends.

Take care. May snow a little tomorrow.                 Joanna