(of which Robins: 4)
Nativities/Wise Men/Angels: 3
Christmas trees/Baubles: 3
Twelve Days: 0
Cards with glued-on glitter: 5
Wonderfully weird: 3
No Awards this year, apart from Best Card, which I have already announced.
Although this important data-gathering exercise has been conducted for several years now, this is only the second time the results have been scientifically recorded. Meaningful statistical trends cannot therefore yet be discerned. A more formal methodology will, if feasible, be employed in the future, enabling the presentation of the data in the form of graphs, pie charts and year-on-year percentile variances. However, some early indicators are worth noting:
· It was necessary to include three new categories: Puddings, Boats, and most significantly, Landscapes. This may be ascribable to inconsistencies in the categorisation procedures, whereby items now recorded as ‘Landscapes’ or ‘Boats’ were previously placed under other headings; in fact this is almost certainly the case. The same cannot however be said of ‘Puddings.
· There is a marked decline in the incidence of Glued-on Glitter. This may reflect economic circumstances, but is more likely to be a consequence of an increased perception that the damned stuff comes off on your fingers whenever you touch the things.
· Robins have doubled in quantity, possibly due to the mild weather.