I seem to have developed a new Christmas ritual. Perhaps it is connected with unpleasant increases in the cost of postage stamps. For the past few years, I have designed virtual cards that can be attached to e-mails. Naturally, I use photographic images that I have snapped myself. This year's picture was captured in February after a heavy snowfall. The location was Surprise View near Hathersage Booths. At the time, I just noticed those footprints heading off towards The Derwent Valley. Clearly, I am not alone in thinking of Christmas as a marking point in time. Those solitary footprints could easily symbolise our journey into the mysterious new year ahead.
We have sent traditional cards by snail mail to family and certain old friends. Through the years some of these exchanges have simply become custom and practice. The e-mail card is reserved for other contacts who for whatever reason haven't made the physical card list. This year I sent the card shown above to a few revered bloggers. If you feel miffed that you didn't receive the card, I sincerely apologise. but I have a great idea that you may wish to follow up.
Copy the card shown above and print it on to A4 paper then stick that sheet on the right hand side of an A3 sheet of card or stiff paper. Fold the card down the middle. Voila! You now have your own special Christmas card! Using a felt tipped pen, inside please write:-
The card should be displayed in a prominent position - most likely in the middle of your mantelpiece or on the wall directly above your bedhead.