The most significant trends this year have been:
· An alarming fall in the Animals and Birds count. Robins in particular have been cut by a staggering 600%.
· A disturbing new category, which I have felt it necessary to incorporate, is Cute Children. The card-count (4) does not reflect the actual number (inevitably, double counting tends to occur here). It is at least twice that, all doing nauseatingly cute things involving puppies, sleds, snowballs, etc.
· Also, there are a few (3) of which I can’t make any sense at all, so have counted as ‘totally abstract’. I like this trend very much.
· Glued-on glitter has tripled, from one to three. I’d make more of this were it not for the fact that (I belatedly notice) all the cards I sent had at least some glued-on glitter. (It’s hell to hoover up, isn’t it?)
The full figures (last year’s in brackets):
Snow/Snowmen/Snowflakes: 6 (2)
Santas/Reindeer: 4 (3)
Animals/Birds: 4 (17)
(of which Robins: 1 (6))Landscapes: 7 (6)
Boats: 0 (0)*Nativities/Wise Men/Angels: 4 (4)
Christmas trees/Baubles: 5 (5)
Comical: 1 (1)Puddings: 0 (0)*
Cute Children 4 (0)
Totally Abstract: 3 (0)
*These will be eliminated from the next count, unless there’s a resurgence of boats and puddings. I have no strong feelings about this.
Homemade/designed: 4 (5)
Cards with glued-on glitter: 3 (1)
Ecards: 1 (1)
Wonderfully weird: 3 (1)
There is no Card of the Year award this year. The overall quality of cards is so much higher that it’s impossible to choose any single one. All have done well, and all shall have prizes (purely metaphorical ones, you understand).