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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, January 06, 2009
    Ruminant rumbles Card of the Year
    It's not a competition, like, but taking my Christmas cards down today I felt like awarding one of them Card of the Year. Difficult choices. Might have been Jean and Peter's woodcut nativity which is not only very lovely but makes me feel guilty as I didn't send them one. Might have been Chris and Carolyn's well produced 'Pictures from our Holy Land Trip 2008', a nicely done collage which featured, among other things, a camel and a hole in the ground. Might have been the one I got off my cousin, unremarkable in design but which (poignantly, on this terrible, terrible day) was bought at Woolworths.

    Suzanna's excellent iconography always takes pride of place on my mantlepiece (and I never throw any of her cards away), so her Virgin and Child Enthroned came close to taking the honours. But for originality, wit and earthy connectedness I decided on Jen and Steve's photograph of one of their sheep, taken at home in Orkney. Others, perhaps, might forgive them the message they left inside: Christmas Bleatings.

    Pic from bunning.co.uk