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Saturday 24-Dec-2016
【信報:英國時尚集物】英國和聖誕卡淵源

今天是平安夜,普天同慶的佳節當前,大家收到了多少親朋戚友的祝福?

聖誕祝福與問候永遠是不嫌多的,不論是一個短訊或社交媒體上的一個留言,總會令人心頭暖洋洋。多年在英國生活,我其實也很欣賞英國人的傳統作風,他們非常重視聖誕節,聖誕大餐是全年最重要的家庭聚會,而早在聖誕前好一段日子,他們更會親自為遠近親友挑選聖誕卡,花心機時間坐下來親手寫上佳節祝福和問候,然後逐張卡貼上郵票,放進紅色郵箱,讓郵差把一點心意一分思念帶到遠方。

據估計,今年聖誕,英國的市民大眾寄給親戚朋友的聖誕賀卡,高達九億張,數字驚人。尤其是,今日速食的世界,Click一下,要怎樣的祝賀,就在觸指間即時發放,簡直輕而易舉。不過以我認識的英國人,這龐大數字又其實不足以為奇,因為寄咭文化像飲茶文化一樣,英國人是入了血的。據講賀卡的起源正是自英國的Henry Cole。時勢造英雄,當時英國的藝術文化和郵政發達,造就了賀卡文化的崛起。Henry Cole本身酷愛印刷品,他於是委託了藝術家John Calcott Horsley製作了史上首批商業賀卡,這一千張賀卡,每張人手上色,以今時今日的標準,這批賀卡不能算美侖美奐,但却是為英國人日後任何大日子都憑卡寄意奠了根。

講完賀卡歷史,也講講我和聖誕卡的歷史。小弟當年留學英國,當然也沾染了寄卡風,聖誕前把大量賀卡寄出去,然後也朝盼夜盼收到家人朋友的聖誕卡,一卡在手實在比收到聖誕老人的禮物還要興奮,見到卡上的手迹,在那個通訊不便的年代,也就見字如見人,聊解了思念。那些年收到的聖誕卡,我很多都珍而重之保存了下來,以作留念。所有當年寄過卡給我的人,我希望他們這個聖誕也都快樂安好。

在此我也祝大家聖誕快樂。
 

 

 
 
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原文作者為英識教育Britannia StudyLink 創辦人 陳思銘 Samuel Chan。

原文刊載於信報《銘想英國》專欄:
http://www1.hkej.com/dailynews/culture/article/1461577
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