Holidays again! What bliss!!! It doesn't seem possible that Christmas is here again already. This time in three days we shall probably be feeling full up of Christmas dinner and deciding that we shall never look a piece of Christmas Pudding in the face again. What a boring letter! Did you see the film on B.B.C at 3.25 Saturday afternoon?
I have now got all my Christmas presents and am left with the sum of 1/2d + 1 1/2d stamp which will go on this letter to you leaving me with a ha'penny. What a daft word ha'penny is! I don't even know how you spell it. I got so fed up with Dad's Christmas present problem that I asked mummy to get it for me as she knows what he wants. She rolled home with a pair of braces! They're not too bad but they've got the most ghastly pattern on them that you ever saw.
On Thursday we set off for Manchester and stay there until 31st Dec. I don't have much news at the moment so please write soon. Merry Christmas Gillian.
The adventures of the wishing-chair by Enid Blyton is now sold, thank you for your interest.
Does anyone remember ha’pennies? I’ve got a box full of old coins in the loft many of them are ha'pennies, but my favourites are the threepenny bits with the Tudor portcullis design, and the pretty little farthings decorated with a Wren. (With thanks to Percy for pointing out my mistake - see comments)
What about shove-ha’penny does anyone remember playing it? Christmas was always my favourite time of the year. That’s when the shove-ha-penny board, the card games and the roulette wheel would be taken out of the cupboard, and we would all sit down to play. Sometimes we used matchsticks for money, but as we got older, we were allowed to use the ‘real’ thing! Being the smallest I nearly always lost, but it didn’t matter, the joy of being with the ‘grown ups’ outweighed any upset at losing my pocket money.