Our family sent Christmas cards. My mom kept track of those she sent and received in a Christmas Card address book. We displayed our Christmas cards in different ways. We had an iron tree form that held cards. Special cards might be placed singly on a table or the television. After Christmas was over, we would re-read the cards with their notes and letters. I have a large box of Christmas cards that were received through the years. I have weeded out those that didn't have special notes or ones from my parents' friends who I didn't know. At some point, I will have to do another weeding as I can only keep so many.
I still send Christmas cards. My list is not as long as my mom’s but I have some with whom I keep in touch with once a year. Unfortunately, the list has grown smaller as family pass on.
I look forward to hearing the thump as the mail is dropped through the mail slot. I run to see what has come. I am eager to hear the news from friends and relatives.
This year, I have received my first card, a card from a cousin's wife (what I call a cousin by marriage). I look forward to hers as she tells of the happenings of the year in poetry. I need to ask her for details on marriage dates and births of grandchildren to add to my family tree.
I haven't started my cards yet. Perhaps tomorrow, as I listen to the Christmas Fund Broadcast on our local radio station. Some years I have made cards but I am not sure yet what I will do. Perhaps a mixture. I have kept samples of some of the ones I made.
Included is one that I made for my niece Sarah for her first Christmas in 1993. I didn't have a colour printer back then.
What I wrote was
I think I will make a card for Oscar, my great nephew, for his first Christmas.
I will prepare a Christmas letter to go with many of the cards. I keep a copy of these for future reference for highlights of each year.
updated in 2010
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