Thursday, 19 November 2015

Christmas 1947

Hi Everyone,

Have you ever thought what Christmas was like before you remember it? Well, perhaps because it's my birthday soon and I have no photos from way back then, I got to wondering what it must have been like in 1947 - the year I was born - so I did an online search and turned up a few surprises. The result is this layout showing the Coca Cola and Avon Christmas adverts for that year together with a copy of a very old photo of the house where my parents and I, their firstborn, lived at the time.
Who would have thought that some companies were putting out special Christmas adverts all those years ago.
In keeping with the subject, all the papers used in the layout are pretty old. Yeah! More old stash used up.

Materials used:

  • Papers: Bo-Bunny 'Noel Traditions' (2010); Echo Park 'Joy To The World' (2013); DCWV Holiday Speciality Diecut Stack (2009).
  • Alpha: Echo Park 'tis the season' (2013)
  • Title word - Christmas sticker - purchased some 15 years ago so make unknown
  • Snowman journalling card - don't remember the maker of this either!
  • Red paper string - The Works.

I love this layout because even though I couldn't possibly remember my first Christmas, after all I was only 27 days old, I have a better knowledge of what it was to be in England in winter 68 years ago. I do know the cottage, No. 2 Pear Tree Cottage, Marchwood, Hampshire, still exists, and, though we moved away many, many years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday.

Happy Crafting,


  1. Beautiful layout and what a cute name for a house xxx

  2. I was nearly 7 then Elizabth (the following March)and I well remember that we hung our sock (not a great big sack) up and when we got up the next morning we were happy to empty them and find a brand new shiny penny (old money of course), a few nuts, an orange and maybe an apple, and if we were very lucky there might be a little sixpenny toy, Of course there was no TV, only the very rich had one of those, and that would have had a tiny 9" screen in a cabinet that looked like a piece of furniture! How the times do change, I believe we were much happier then.
    Lovely nostalgic layout :o)
    Jackie xx

  3. Aww Elizabeth this is truly lovely and nice to go back in time x

  4. Well done! Great idea for a LO!

  5. What a great idea for a layout. I don't remember it either as I was a wee bit older than you at the grand age of 11months!

  6. What a wonderful layout and such a fabulous idea! I think it may catch on xxx

  7. What a lovely idea, love the adverts you chose , I bet you had a lovely trip down memory lane


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