Hello my dear friends. I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving holiday. It was warm here on Thanksgiving day; we set a heat record! I'm so excited to share with you my latest find. . .
A vintage 1949 Christmas issue of The Illustrated London Times. I found it at our local library sale last week. I was so thrilled to find this. It's truly from a different time where I think things were more appreciated and classy than today.
As you can see, it was published for the US market at one dollar. It was a weekly publication up until 1971 and it ceased publication altogether in 2003.
You can see that the insert for the subscription card is still intact in the magazine.
I loved looking through the pages and seeing the advertisements from long ago. This was published before I was even born! (And, my children think I'm ancient...)
There were some beautiful illustrations in the magazine along with some wonderful stories that I have yet to read.
It was interesting to read about the Christmas customs of today.
Speaking of my favorite time of year, you won't find any bah humbug here on my blog. I too, don't like the commercialization of this blessed holiday but I ignore it. It's simple really. My shopping for Christmas is something that I look forward to do and I get it done early. We bought the fresh tree for the family room yesterday at Home Depot and as you can see, it's up and decorated with hot pink lights! It contains all the ornaments that mean so much to me. The living room tree, which is artificial, will go up in a week or so. Next up is wrapping presents to the sound of Christmas carols and baking my beloved Christmas cookies.
We have a family tradition that we always get our fresh tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving along with our dear daughter and her family. Supposedly, there's a shortage of Christmas trees this year due to the recession and drought from years past. Home Depot's tree lot was half full and many of those were already dry. This is my daughter's beautiful fresh tree which my dear son-in-law takes care of each and every year. And, looking at it in awe in the spirit of this upcoming blessed season are my little grandchildren.
Do you have fond memories of Christmas from years past? I do and I have always tried to pass that onto my children and grandchildren. Yes, we have gifts but it's not really about the gifts. It's about family, tradition, worship and all the other wonderful things that go along with this holiday that really has nothing to do with money.
On a side note, I'm a little sad tonight since my dear kitty, Lilly, is not feeling well. She has what I could call kitty stomach flu. I will be calling the vet in the morning. I cried earlier today as I'm so concerned about her. She 12 1/2 years old and we've had her as a part of our family for over 10 1/2 years. She is my child that I still have at home. Please say a little prayer for her if you wish.
Until next time, I wish you all the very best for the upcoming week.
With my best wishes,