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ACCM 2015: Christmas Cards

Today is the second day of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2015!

The featured topic is – Christmas Cards – and the focus is:
Do you still send Christmas cards or has electronic communication taken the place of this tradition? Do you remember sending Christmas cards as a child – making a list, sending out your family’s cards and then checking the mailbox for cards sent to your family? How did your family display the cards? Write about anything related to Christmas cards and your memories of Christmases past.

Christmas cards in all shapes, sizes, and colors were always on display in our home for the holidays!

We received hundreds of cards each year from family and friends thanks to my mom, who sent Christmas cards to everyone in return. When I asked her recently just how and when did her Christmas card exchange begin, her response was a simple one – “one Christmas card at a time since the early 1950’s!

Christmas Card Sale

My mom LOVES to shop! According to her, Foley’s Bargain Basement in downtown Houston, TX had the best after Christmas sales in town. It was during one of those sales where she saw boxes of beautiful Christmas cards for 75% off the regular price. Though money was tight, this sale made it possible for her to buy a box of Christmas cards to share the next year.

Her Christmas card exchange started slowly. When we received a card in the mail, she responded in kind by mailing a signed card back to the sender. Likewise, when someone hand-delivered a card to her (or my dad) at church, the following Sunday she would hand-deliver a signed Christmas card to that person in return. It wasn’t long before her Christmas card exchange went from just a handful of cards to receiving hundreds of Christmas cards – mailed and hand-delivered — each year!

I appreciate mom’s Christmas card exchange very much! As a child, those beautiful, and sometimes funny cards, brought laughter and heartfelt sentiments our way from so many people. And though I don’t send Christmas cards today the way my mom did in the past, I also wait for those after Christmas sales to buy boxes of cards to send the next year too! Below are just a few of the Christmas cards purchased last year that I’ll be sending out this year!

Liv's Christmas Card Collection

 

“The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.”

  • LindaRe

    I loved watching my mother and grandmother choosing which cards to send to people on their lists, sweet memories.

    • Hi LindaRe! it is always a pleasure to meet up with you online. Thank you so much for checking out my post during this Advent Season. I can certainly relate to your memories with sending cards very much. Merry Christmas to you and yours this holiday season!

  • minkyadu

    So good to see you blogging again. I am enjoying your post. The Christmas Cards are beautiful and I certainly agree with your Dad with putting up the tree on December 15th rather than in November. Thank you again .

    • @Minkyadoo it’s so good to hear from you! I hope all has been well with you. Yes, it’s been awhile since I’ve had the time to blog here, but, I’m back at last! Thanks so much for joining me and checking out how my family celebrate Christmas. Take care and I hope to be visiting your beautiful blog soon as well. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  • Kristin Williams

    We always had a lot of cards because my mother was a teacher and her students brought her cards. I don’t remember her ever sending out cards, until my sister and I moved away and she would send us a card every year.

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