A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes. At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the top of the book before beginning trade negotiations. Simple pleasures.
Having spent many hours on ebay buying the scraps again, I was struck by how many Christmas-themed scraps were produced. I’ve tried to pack them all into a nativity scene, in much the same way primary schools find a role for every child in the year-end nativity play.
Shakespeare’s play with the same title features the most excellent stage instruction: “Exit, pursued by a bear.”
And everything is better with some kittens.