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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sir Walter Scott Poem antique postcard and Christina Rosetti poem

Only 2 more days to go....Christmas is coming...the goose is getting fat...or at least my turkey breast roast is thawing in the fridge!

The antique Christmas postcard for today features a poem by Sir Walter Scott and...of course!...a vignette of a snow scene.

The poem says:

Heap on more wood
The wind is chill
But let it whistle
as it will
We'll keep our Christmas
Merry Still

The postcard is embossed, a B. B. London card printed in Germany and was posted in 1912 to Mr. & Mrs. Allan Richardson in East Kingston, New Hampshire.  

I think these antique postcards are pure joy and love to decorate with them. We don't have a tree in the house this year, owing to our 1 year old male kitten Tinker who is rambunctious and really a teenager and attacks anything that moves. But I have decorated Christmas trees in the past exclusively with antique postcards. When we had our bricks and mortar antique shop (which we closed in 2002 to go exclusively online at Time Was Antiques and Antiques And Teacups) I LOVED decorating for the holidays using various antique items. I did a tree in the front window with antique postcards and carte d visite photos that was featured in local papers for business Christmas decorating. That was so much fun! Did an artificial tree one year will all antique and vintage English horse brasses. Fun!!!

I came across one of my favorite Christmas poems which has also been made into a Christmas Carol with several variations. The poem was written by Christina Rosetti during the Victorian era and I still love it!

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.

In the Bleak Midwinter
 gifChristina Rossetti (1872)

Have a wonderful day...don't get too stressed to forget to sit down with a cup of tea and remember the Reason for the Season!

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