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Christmas cards - past and present

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

ACCM - December 4:
Christmas Cards

Did your family send cards? Did your family display the ones they received? Do you still send Christmas cards? Do you have any cards from your ancestors?

1. My family always sent cards. My mama always bought an extra box for sending to someone new who sent to us. I would send my own to my classmates and pen pals starting when I was about 12. I met new friends at Girl Scout camp, church camp, and summer band.

2. Yes, my mother always displayed the cards we received across the cornices in the kitchen and living room. We also had an arch between those two rooms and she would also tape them there.

3. I send very few cards since my mama and most of my aunts and uncles have passed away. I don't seem to have the heart to do so anymore. My mama had her major stroke just before Christmas and I answered every card she got explaining what had happened and giving them her new address at the nursing home. That seemed to do it for me.

4. I don't have cards from my ancestors. I do have a postcard album that belonged to my great-grandmother and it contains cards from nearly every holiday including Christmas. The cards are all dated between 1902 and 1921. My mother knew how much I loved the book as a child and she bought it from her mother's estate for me in the early 70's. The album had belonged to my grandmother's mother. That makes me the fourth generation to have the album.


This challenge is great for me. I am enjoying bringing all of the memories to my mind. I have always felt blessed by my family and by doing this particular challenge, I am getting down a lot of the reasons why I feel as I do.

Everyone enjoy the rest of the week.

Peace Love Joy to all.

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    I'm enjoying your blogs! Thanks for sharing your memories!

    1931 days ago
    Most of our extended family have passed away, so Mum writes cards to less than a handful of relatives, while I send cards to a few friends, most of whom are interstate. My grandmother had kept some cards from her relatives overseas but Mum disposed of them a few years ago, since they are written in a different language and I am the literally the end of the family line, so there would be no-one else to pass them on to.
    1932 days ago
    My family sent cards every year. I try to do the same but, some years I just don't get it done. I do like to send them and it's so lovely to get them. I love the pics and the funny cards.
    1933 days ago
    I still send out some cards to family and a few friends, and I reciprocate to anyone who sends me one. I really like the idea of the card album. It must be so awesome to have an album from generations past.
    1933 days ago
    I do still send cards. I used to send out about 90 each year, but the cost just became prohibitive and so many people didn't bother so I cut them out. I'm down to about 25 now. I do really miss getting them. It was always so fun to get all that lovely mail and open the cards and enjoy them. Now I never get a letter all year long as no one bothers with that either. It is no longer a treat to go out and get the mail, it's only junk and bills. I miss the old days. I think the younger generation is loosing out on alot of human connections. Sad really.
    1933 days ago
    My parents sent cards and displayed the ones they received. I've always sent cards. I love to pick them out, address them and sign them. Sometimes I include handwritten notes. I don't usually do a newsletter, but this year I did because I had lots of news to share. Your post card collection sounds awesome.
    1933 days ago
    I haven't sent out Christmas cards for years. did send a few when we were first married, but we never got that many so I just let if go by the wayside.

    The album you have does sound wonderful. What a nice present your mother got for you.
    1933 days ago
    I still send Christmas cards out to family and close friends, and still have some, but not all, of those we've received in the past. My mother also always sent out cards and it just seems like part of Christmas. We display the cards we receive wherever we can find around our living room.
    1933 days ago
    I still send out cards but I have noticed over the years that the younger generation does not seem to reciprocate too much. However, I will continue to send cards as long as I am able. As someone else said, however, it does get expensive.
    1933 days ago
    I do send card and display those I receive. I hae saved some cards that are very special to me.

    My list has shrunk over the years, but it's nice to do the "catch up" every year.
    1933 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    I still send a few, and I am so happy that I did keep my old cards, many of these people are gone now and I love to read the notes they sent me. Maybe I should put them in a book. You have given me an idea, thank you. emoticon
    1933 days ago
    I like to send and receive cards also.
    Last year was the first time in years I didn't send any out; it was my first Christmas without my dad and it was just too hard. I'm making an effort this year though to send them out.
    1933 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    It is sad to see this custom going by the wayside really. I like the idea of making a Christmas card album! emoticon
    1933 days ago
    I rarely send cards anymore..and rarely get any either. I do send a couple of letters this time of year just to keep up with old friends..so guess they count..many of my old relatives that sent cards are dead now and the cousins don't know each other well enough to mail anything..sad really that noone keeps up with one another anymore..
    1933 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    My Mother sent out Christmas Cards every year too. I don't. Too much cost involved with cards and stamps nowadays. God Bless You and Have an Enjoyable Day. Take Care.
    1933 days ago
    I know that I send out Christmas cards by mail or e-mail.
    It depends on the person and whether or not it will get there on time.
    (Will be sending a Hanukkah card by e-mail on Saturday).
    Hope that you have a safe and blessed week! Holly
    1933 days ago
    Ev, I do send cards. How nice to have an old cards for your treasures.
    1933 days ago
    We always sent Christmas cards! Your album is such a neat idea!
    1934 days ago
    i used to send cards, or at least try to. a couple of years ago i misplaced my address book, and so i really haven't sent much out. just one more thing i don't do anymore.
    1934 days ago
    Your postcard album sounds divine
    1934 days ago
    I always send out Christmas Cards. It just doesn't seem like Christmas unless I do.
    1934 days ago
    My Mom always sent cards and still does. At one time I sent out 40 cards and decided the next year I'd cut down. This year I sent about 20 out to the ones I don't get to see often.
    1934 days ago
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