2015:Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Christmas Cards ~ # 2

Advent Calendar: December 2, 2015

Christmas Cards: Post # 2

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.

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Me sitting in front of our fireplace (abt. 1967) at 706 Hillcrest Ave., Perry, Georgia. (I love peeking  around in the background here finding a few heirlooms)

I will be writing my memories  in collaboration with my husband’s. It will be a comparison of Southern vs Northern celebrations.

Christmas Cards: Post # 2

My Memories:  Again, I have no memory of cards coming to the house, but my photo I found, shows me that we received cards and mama hung them over the fireplace. I vaguely remember her telling me she sent out a few cards every year, but in years past she sent cards to whomever sent to her. But now she’s given up on even that, although I always get one from her and Boo (her cat) every year.

When I first married, I remember being excited to send out Christmas cards from Mr. and Mrs. Insalaco; that probably didn’t last long, but I did send out a few every year, but today I only send to my mother.

As I became more computer savvy, I created Christmas newsletters and sent them out for several years until I just ran out of time around the holidays to write, print and mail. My newsletter wasn’t just one page, it often was four pages; I even printed graphics on my envelopes along with their address. I do have them all saved on the computer and in a binder – maybe one year I will surprise everyone; the family loved reading about our yearly trips to Georgia.

I have a few cards saved from my parents and grandparents and often hang them at Christmas; it’s nice to look at their signatures and think about when they were sent.

clip from 2002 newsletters

This was a great show!

clip 2 from 2002 newsletters

Phantom of the Opera is my all-time favorite show!

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I certainly hope we don’t have a repeat of these snowstorms I wrote about here!

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I even decorated the envelopes!

My Husband’s Memories:  Mama sometimes hung the cards received on the living room stairs ~ I would tape them along the handrail and they would cover all the way up; or I would hang a ribbon from one end of the wood cornices, over the curtains, to hang the cards from.

cornices holding cards

The wood cornices were made by my Uncle Jimmy Donahue (he made them for everyone in the family) and they often held the Christmas cards from a ribbon strung across.

I remember my mother sending out cards, usually about 40 or more – my job was always sealing the envelopes and adding the stamps. I probably had to mail them too.

As the years went by, less cards arrived and fewer cards mama mailed; if postage stamps went up, everyone complained about sending out cards.

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A family photo of my husbands grandparents living room with Christmas cards displayed on the door.

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Cards hung across the wall over the Grandma Minnie’s couch.

So it seems that whether you lived in the North or the South – sending and hanging your Christmas cards was pretty much the same in all families.

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© 2015 Jeanne Bryan Insalaco

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3 Responses to 2015:Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Christmas Cards ~ # 2

  1. Evelyn Smallwood Smith says:

    Love the Christmas holder. Will have to get us one. I’ve tried several over the years but each year I find something I think I’ll like better but …. This would be perfect. I’d have my tree, even the years we visit my husbands sisters and we don’t put the tree up so as not to give our kitty temptations.

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    • We’ve had times with some of our cats in the tree – even one cat totally knocked it over. I should find the picture I have of our kitten in the tree on one of the branches.

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      • Evelyn Smallwood Smith says:

        I don’t remember sending cards as a child but do remember my grandparents (McKinley) having them hanging around the tree every year. I still send out cards every year, not so many as before but I guess I send anywhere from 15 to 40. I love the tradition. Even with postage, cards are the cheapest gift you can send someone and still choose one from the heart. With many family living so far away, it is a loving way to let them know they are not forgotten. Yes, I still send cards every year.
        I also remember one year, 1970 or 1971, we were living in Huntsville, Alabama. We came to Macon that Christmas to visit Mother’s family (McKinley). When we arrived home, we couldn’t get in the door. Mother’s cat, Topaz, had knocked the tree over and it was blocking the door. My tree never goes that close to the front door.
        A couple of years ago, I attached our tree to the wall with fishing line, because our cat loves to climb the tree. Maybe Mother should have done that back then. Haha

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