Friday, December 21, 2007

Nature in Christmas Cards Past

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Each year I looked forward to receiving a very special Christmas card from my great Aunt Totsie. Though she was my step-aunt she always treated me as if I were her blood relative. She and her sister, my step Grandmother, kept excellent correspondence with me throughout my childhood and adulthood. They were both gracious ladies whom I loved and miss very much.

Since the recent blog theft debacle, I've hesitated to share any of Aunt Totsie's cards on my blog, but have decided to risk a few in the spirit of Christmas. Though I will add a warning that every card has been woven with invisible worms & charms by all my hacker & pagan friends, so insidious thieves beware!

In addition to being a talented artist, Aunt Totsie was also a master gardener. Her flower garden on the Lake of the Ozarks was full of blooms and birds.

I've saved each one of her watercolor Christmas cards and take them out to read. Her gifts continue to bless my home each holiday. And for that and for her love I'm truly thankful.

I wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday and a Joyful New Year!

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Oh and here's a silly Christmas treat for all of you...

DJ Europe's Christmas Bells

"I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!" Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

Flash Christmas E-Cards!

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Anonymous said...

What charming watercolors. Now those are Xmas cards one would never throw away.

Merry Christmas, Dawn!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What treasures Dawn. They are just beautiful.

My husbands Uncle is an artist who sends a card each year that he renders. We treasure each and every one.

Merry Christmas to you too...

Andrea's Garden said...

Your cards are truly special. No wonder you await them so eagerly. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Andrea

Libbys Blog said...

What treasured cards they are how lucky for you to enjoy them for many years to come, with fond memories!
Merry Christmas.

paris parfait said...

Those cards are gorgeous - so very special! Thanks for sharing with us. Wishing you and yours the happiest of Christmases and a healthy and prosperous new year! xo

Mary said...


A Christmas Carol is my favorite movie (1957 version, I think). I enjoyed your funny video and my goodness, your great Aunt Totsie is quite an artist!

Merry Christmas to you and your family. May 2008 be a blessed year for you!


Wild Flora said...

Beautiful cards, Dawn. How nice of you to share them with us, especially after your blogscraping experience. Thanks for letting us know about that!

Having completed her Winter Solstice rituals, Wild Flora will be more than happy to cast a few spells to bring torment on anyone who violates your copyright. Hmmm ... how about a rain of frogs? : )

Dawn said...

Thank You Pam, Lisa, Andrea, Libby, Tara, Mary & Wild Flora!

Please forgive my group shout here. I confess to being a bit overcome with Yuletide Fallout. I hope all of you are having a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and/or a Wonderous Winter Solstice.

In regards to this entry: I am deeply thankful that I knew my Aunt Totsie and that I was able to save the cards she so thoughtfully made for us. We were certainly blessed to know her on so many levels.

Lisa at Greenbow: it sounds like you are also fortunate to have a generous artist in your family. That is a treat!

Wild Flora, feel free to cast whatever spells you see fit on blogscrapers. A rain of frogs would be fine as long as it doesn't hurt the frogs. *wink*

Hope You All Have a Cool Yule!

Wild Flora said...

Good point about the frogs! Make that a rain of rubber bathtub toy frogs!