Am I sad, or what?

No, I’m not ‘sad’, but this was part of a research project that I needed to do as a freelance writer.

Thank you to everyone who sent me a Christmas card.  I’ve analyzed the type of cards they were and their pictures.  46% of the cards I received were bought in aid of a charity(many for the Woodland Trust).  Maybe it’s easier to put our hands in our pocket, than to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty.  When I offered to pray for a friend’s wife the other day.  He said  ‘Don’t just pray, do something’.  It made me think.

23% of the cards had nativity scenes on the front.  Before we tut, tut about that, I read somewhere that Victorian cards seldom had stable pictures.  So it’s not a sign that as a country we’re becoming less Christian.

19% featured pictures of snow.  That must be a secret wish to have the beauty without the inconvenience; 7% portrayed Christmas trees, without the snow.  These gave a feeling of homeliness.  Robins appeared on 6%.  Many years ago I remember my mother commenting that nearly all the cards showed robins.  Are they disappearing from our cards , as they are in real life?  6% featured holly.  I don’t know what that means.

Please continue to send me cards at Christmas.  My decorations look bare without them.

Carol, the Christmas girl.