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Can’t bear to lose traditions

Pooh joins in bid to save festive fun like Christmas cards and advent calendars


SENDING Christmas cards and opening advent calendars are in the top 10 festive traditions that need to be saved for future generations, according to Egmont Publishing.

The publishers of the classic Winnie-The-Pooh stories commissioned a survey of 2,000 adults and the results have inspired a series of new illustrations of the loveable bear and friends.
Drawn by Mark Burgess, after the style of original illustrator EH Shepard, Pooh and his friends are show enjoying the simple festive pleasures of old to remind the nation of the joy found in these much-loved traditions.
The survey was carried out in October and revealed 78 per cent look forward to Christmastime and 60 per cent think traditions are important to the celebrations while Winnie-The-Pooh’s Festive Pleasures most in need of saving were revealed as:
1 Playing parlour games as a family 33 per cent
2 Carol singing 31 per cent
3 Making paper chains to decorate the home 28 per cent
4 Putting satsumas and nuts in stockings 26 per cent
5 Enjoying roasted chestnuts 25 per cent
6 Sending Christmas cards 25 per cent
7 Your Christmas stocking being an actual stocking 19 per cent
8 Getting dressed in best clothes for Christmas lunch 17 per cent
9 Going for a family walk together on Christmas Day 17 per cent
10 Opening non-chocolate advent calendars 16 per cent
11 Making Christmas cake 16 per cent
12 Putting decorations up on Christmas Eve 15 per cent
13 Making homemade mince pies 14 per cent
14 Watching a pantomime 13 per cent
15 Writing a letter to Father Christmas 12 per cent

Nicole Pearson, Egmont Creative Director, said: “Traditions, especially those surrounding the magical time of Christmas, are such a staple of the British festive season. It would be a shame if we lost some of these seasonal markers and future generations were not able to enjoy them.
“These classic illustrations featuring Winnie-the-Pooh enjoying Christmas together with his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are a great way to encourage the British public to hopefully continue some of these much-loved traditions in the years to come.”
Dr Martin Johnes, from the Department of History & Classics at Swansea University, said: “Many Christmas traditions are imports from America, but Christmas cards are one that Britain gave to the world.
“The first Christmas card is widely claimed to date back to 1843, the same year as A Christmas Carol was published by Dickens, but they were actually on sale by the end of 1820s.
“The Victorians saw them as luxurious items and bought them individually, choosing specific designs for each friend and relative. Up until the 1960s, cards were delivered on Christmas morning, adding to the specialness of receiving one.”
“Inevitably, a changing world means traditions fluctuate. For example, the tradition of carol singing holds less weight than perhaps it once did – with the musical sphere of Christmas now filled with chart-topping pop songs.
“Similarly, with the prevalence of email and social media, the humble Christmas card is increasingly falling to the wayside.”

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