1843 – a seminal year for two Christmas traditions

Season´s Greetings to friends of Los Castaños all over the world!

Two lasting Christmas traditions were born In 1843.

The first Christmas Card was created at the behest of the first director of London´s  V & A. It had all the elements of the modern end-of-year celebrations: food and wine and jolly company but interestingly no religious connotations. Good Deeds – clothing and feeding the poor paled beside the merry family, all of whom are imbibing including the children! The Temperance Movement were rather upset at the time.

In the same year Charles Dickens published ¨A Christmas Carol¨.  One can only reiterate his Christmas sentiments:´

¨I have always thought of Christmas time as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.¨

169 years later, we wish you, as they did,  a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Di and John