Friday, December 28, 2012

A Royal New Year -Postcard Friendship Friday #148



I love the rich colors and ornate gold embossing on this wonderful old postcard.  They just don't make 'em like they used to!  Such a lovely little princess, and that fellow with a horn must have deafened both Royalty and admirer.  Perhaps the charming boy with his offering of roses, will get the chance to kiss the lady beneath the mistletoe on New Years Eve!

Interestingly, kissing under the mistletoe is a New Year's custom in France, rather than a Christmas custom as in other countries. New Year's Eve is called le Re'veillon de Saint-Sylvestre.  Champagne and foie gras are usually included.  This can be an intimate dinner with friends, or a grand ball.  At midnight, everyone kisses under the mistletoe and offers their best wishes for the new year.

Just one question--I seem to see wings on both boy and horn blower--is this my imagination?  What do you think? 

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4 comments:

VioletSky said...

I guess even little angels like to play dress up!

There is something about the green in this era of cards that is so distinctive and lovely.

Irene said...

I see wings too... For Catholics, Dec. 31st is indeed the feast of St. Sylvester, and generally for Polish people (that I know) the ball is referred to as Ball Sylwestrowy. We skip the mistletoe and just kiss long and hard, wishing each other well for the New Year. That New Year's kiss cinched it for me with my husband (before we were married), you know it's "in the kiss that's where it is."

Irene said...

Happy New Year.

Kristina Maano said...

Such a regal looking postcard!

I believe your imagination is same as mine! I see wings both on the admirer and the horn-blower too!

And my imagination tells me too that in the very near future (hopefully), I'd get kissed under the mistletoe by the French full time bestfriend / part time lover... *dreamy eyes* Haha! Sorry for being a girl! Happy New Year Beth! Warm hugs!