Christmas cards

Letter box

It’s December and I’m waiting for the Christmas cards to slip through the mailbox.

Christmas cards originated in the UK. Sir Henry Cole – first director of the Victoria & Albert museum – liked writing greetings to his family and friends, and found it a bit of a faff to write the same thing over & over again during the holiday season. In 1843, he thus commissioned a Christmas card with the message “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you”, which we still use today.

I love the Christmas card ritual. It’s a chance to engage with friends that I haven’t managed to keep up with through the year because we all have busy lives. That said, I’m always a bit disappointed by the ones I receive that only have signed names – the odd one doesn’t even have that – and no personal message. Why bother, I wonder. Although, they did think of me, so I should be appreciative of small mercies !

~ Spotted Cow

Christmas cards

Happy New Year 2014

Happy new year 2014 !

We always thought it was New Zealand first and Hawaii last to usher in the new year. And it kinda sorta is in terms of the big inhabited places. The new year timings tell us that its actually Samoa first and American Samoa last.  They’re only 80km apart, but in December 2011, Samoa shifted it’s time zone for economic reasons.  So now, you can take a one-hour flight and celebrate new year first and last in the world. How’s that for a bit of new year time travel trivia?

We’re going to leave you with this picture of a balloon flight over Cappadocia in Turkey. We like how it symbolises the far horizons we’re going to conquer. We’d better get cracking on the new year resolutions then.

~ Wandering Cows

Balloon Cappadocia