… Christmas cards?
We do celebrate Christmas around here. But, certainly nowhere near the way that my parents did.
I guess, more correctly, like my mother did. It was the biggest event of the year and one of the rituals was Christmas cards.
It always started with bringing out the leftover unsent cards from the previous year. That determined how many more would have to be purchased. I remember thousands of them but probably a couple hundred is more accurate.
Then, it was to her address book. New names would be added during the year and, sadly, some would have to be removed. Then, we would set up an assembly line at the Christmas table. I’ll admit that I can be easily bought since there were always Christmas cookies in the centre to maintain our interest.
And we started.
On a good year, we would have sheets of return addresses on stickers until we ran out. But, the return address was added, then the mailing address, a stamp, and then the card. Each of the cards were carefully chosen depending upon who it was going to and Mom who had the best handwriting would personalize each and sign them from “Viola and the 3 Ds.”
It took a couple of evenings and then Dad would take the boxes to the post office and off they went. Of course, he would bring home the latest incoming which Mom would straight pin to the curtains at the front and right of our living room. At night, with the Christmas tree on, it made for an interesting sparkling show.
For a Sunday, your thoughts?
- do you recall any family Christmas Card rituals?
- how did you determine who made your naughty / nice list to receive or not receive a card?
- do you have a preference? winter scene, religious, Santa Clausish?
- do you still send out Christmas cards?
- if you do, do you buy them at a boutique store, drug store, or dollar store?
- do you ever include something special with the card like a lottery scratch ticket?
- when you receive Christmas cards, how do you display them in your home?
- do you receive cards at random like from a salesperson you might have bought a car or a home from the previous year, a neighbour, long lost relative, or just a friend for the first time? Is the feeling extra special when you get one?
- have you moved away from the traditional cardboard stock to something more digital?
As always, it’s fun to read your thoughts. Please share them in the comments below or on social media?
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