Tuesday, December 02, 2014


I don’t get a lot of Christmas cards, mostly because I don’t send
out a lot myself to begin with. I get some from the family and a
few from friends but since I’m not much of a social animal there’s
no more than perhaps a half dozen each year sitting atop my tv.

In years past the amount of umm…cardage…fluctuated. When I
was a kid there were a lot of cards, usually taped to the
door frames or sitting atop the end tables in the living room.

When we moved to Abington they were displayed across the
mantel piece or taped around the edges of the mirror above it.
The years when my folks were actively involved in the VFW
brought the highest number of season’s greetings. Mom would
spend a few hours herself signing and addressing cards to be
sent out. But as she and her generation of family and friends
grew older the flood of Christmas cards dwindled. Several years
Mom even had some unused cards left over when she finished.

I tend not to like sending “mushy” cards so I usually try to find
something funny. Although this year I may be giving people a
look at a certain dancing elf via e-mail!

2010 Update: I'm going to see what sort of selection we have at
the store tomorrow and hopefully find something funny, although
last year I sent out cards that were more... umm ...
"New England-y"

 2011 Update Since Borders has closed I'm going to have to take
a long walk over to Target soon to get some boxed cards!

2012 Update I'm waiting for my box card order from B&N
to arrive.

2013 Update I haven't bought any Christmas cards yet. I'm also
trying to figure out what to do with the leftover cards from the
last few years.

2014 Update:
I'll probably buy my cards this weekend. I don't really start thinking
about Christmas cards until right about now, although I've already
received one this holiday season. 

The past few years I've taken to displaying the incoming cards on my
bookcase, as in this photo from a  few years ago:

((Originally posted in 2007)) 

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Cindy said...

I'm excited because for the first time in 3 years, I'm going to send cards! It may sound trivial but I have the means, the time AND a very talented friend who is an artist and photographer that makes her own cards (scenes of historic Savannah) and hand colors them. She has been so helpful and kind during my illness this year, it's a win/win!

Christine said...

Bill, I sat down last night and completed 99% of my cards. The first time I have done most of them in one night in ages. I use to track when I sent mine versus when I received. Some years I even sent them out late to see if people only sent me one if I sent one. If you send me your address I would love to include in my card list not only a fellow genealogist but someone from Abington the place my father grew up. Christine

Jo Henn said...

I didn't get my Christmas cards out. Too busy working onmy 52 Ancestors posts. So I'm storing them for next year and will be sending New Years cards. 😀 By the way, I love your taste in books -- those look like my shelves!