Our first Christmas card arrived on Friday! The Christmas lights have been put up in town, and a local pub has a board in it's window showing the countdown to Christmas day. The local garden centre has rigged up it's blacked-out grotto to display anything that lights up. I love going into these areas. It is like entering a magical wonderland of sparkle. The more kitsch something is, the more enchanted and childlike I become. Those snowy scenes with tiny ice-skaters magically skating round an ice-rink, a church or house lit up near-by, hold a special fascination for me. I remember going into a shop once where a great big cuddly polar bear was slowly breathing and sighing, and I was totally drawn into believing this mechanical wonder. It was hard to drag myself away, especially when the urge to snuggle up with him was so strong........... This Christmas card we received is by Mark Hearld, designed for Godfrey and Watt Gallery. I love it, and there's the bonus of feeling like we've received a free piece of Mark's work!