I mentioned in a previous post (Good Books) that I had found some old newspapers, a bible and a Victorian book in various parts of the Barony St John Church. Well, I also found an old Christmas card.
I’m not sure how old it is but, judging by the children’s clothing and the decorations, I would guess that it is set around the turn of the last century, maybe even Victorian.
The card itself is an octagon shape and around the central painting of the children are traditional Christmas holly leaves – but what makes the card stand out is that all over the white border are embossed holly leaves. A really beautiful card.
Now unfortunately, like many other people I find Christmas a sad time of year. I remember the wonderful Christmases I had with my children in the Highlands. The stockings hanging up around a roaring log fire, the inevitable snow, and the look on my children’s faces as they realised Santa had been and they began opening their Christmas presents around our six foot high Christmas tree adorned with wonderful white fairy lights and silver baubles. Magical.
Divorce meant I lost of all of that, and much more. I was heartbroken. Christmas has never been the same again. The magic and sparkle has gone….I guess a bit like this old Christmas card.
I suppose it’s like my own and maybe your own Christmas; no matter what kind of year you’ve had, you’ve weathered the good times and the bad, the occasional good days and perhaps the more frequent bad days. But Christmas is a time to forget all those worries, a time of adding light into your life by putting up the tree and fairy lights, splashing some colour to your home with tinsel decorations and giving presents – adding a little cheer … if not to your life, then to someone else’s.
Isn’t that what Christmas is all about? The joy of giving rather than the receiving?
Maybe this old Christmas card has a lesson for us all.
Merry Christmas from everyone at the Barony St John Regeneration Project and The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety – and if you want to give a little something to help me regenerate the Barony buildings, please check out our crowd fund page at
or pop a wee donation in an envelope in our letterbox. Every penny will go towards saving and restoring the Barony St John buildings.