It was only last week that we were saying how this advent calendar is ahead of the trends, using funky pie charts a whole year before the zeitgeist. We nearly came a cropper this year because Adam thought he'd spotted a growing trend that would do very well for both the calendar and the limited edition Christmas card. But by the beginning of December we realised that what had seemed like a good idea had already become a cliche. Of course we mean the craze for matryoshka, or Russian dolls. You can't move on the high street for doll teatowels, ornaments, mugs, purses, etc. So this is our one token contribution to the wave of sameness.
Our photo is of a fab German market on London's South Bank, where one stall was just heaving with Russian dolls of every shape and size.