Posted by Lorraine Bartlett
Once again, it's time to haul out the Christmas cards and get them in the mail to friends and family. For me, receiving Christmas/holiday cards is one of the highlights of the season. So why is actually writing and sending them such a chore? (And I say that with love in my heart.) I guess it's because I have a hard time deciding who should get what card. (I always have at least six or seven boxes of them going at any one time.)
I'm always amazed at the variety of cards out there. Polar bears must be big this year, because we already have a couple of them (and, gosh, they're cute!). And I love cards that are all sparkly, too. (So how come I never buy them to send out? Hmmm.) I save my cards, too. In fact, I have the last card my grandfather sent me about 25 years ago, and every year I post it on the cork wall in my entryway.
It's no secret that I collect a LOT of different Christmas stuff, including ephemera. I've got old boxes of (never used) wrapping paper, gummed labels, gift tags and, of course, Christmas Cards. Just the other day I went through a small plastic tote of just the old Christmas cards from the 40s, 50s and 60s, and wish I could send them out to friends and family. There are two reasons I don't. First, I don't think an old, yellowing card would be well received, and second--then I wouldn't have them any more.
It's the charming images that appeal to me. They're from a simpler time, when Christmas wasn't quite so commercial, when people didn't get trampled and die in that quest for a larger TV on sale at 4 a.m. I like the pictures with houses and snow. Welcoming front doors with wreaths. Santa and the reindeer. Candles in a window.
I often wonder about the people who put these cards together--the artists, designers, and those who wrote the copy. Things like:
It's fun to say
"HELLO" to you
and send this
MERRY CHRISTMAS too!
Or how about:
I wish I could hang them all.
Do you display the Christmas cards you receive?