I suppose the holiday cards have started streaming in to many of you, so thought we'd send one of our own - certainly more reliable than the Russian post. I was checking our card supply and came across this old envelope, which I decided to photograph. The cancelled stamp & tree are embellishments. The Santa-type figure is known as Grandfather Frost here and he brings presents on New Year's Eve which is when the holidays begin. They then last for 10 days during which the whole country basically shuts down. Hope yours are happy. (12.7.2011) - RuSu Photography