Christmas Postathon Day 15

Holiday Cards

I admit, I’m one of those people who love writing out Christmas cards (I also like filling out forms. I’m weird that way), although I don’t enjoy it as much when I am short on time and have to hurry and get them done. The joy is in taking time to write a personal note in each card and give a fancy little flourish to the signatures. I have even been known to purchase special pens to write them with and colorful stickers just to make the envelopes look especially festive!

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Picking out the right cards is important too. Just like in wrapping paper, I tend to lean toward old fashioned Christmas themes, Santa and winter scenes with sleighs and sparkly trees. Hubby picks up what ever he finds at the dollar store, Β but he writes his own cards so that is totally his call. I buy bargain cards too but mine are expensive cards that have been marked way down. I was excited this year because I found a whole box of really top grade cards at the thrift store for one dollar! Yay, me!

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One of my childhood Christmas cards

For a few years, when I was about 11 or 12, my mom asked me to design Christmas cards for us to send out. I would come up with an idea each year and then draw the picture on white paper. Mom and my sister came up with a verse for the inside and then we had them printed at a local shop. It was a lot of fun and made me feel like quiteΒ the little artist!

Recieving cards is a thrill for me too. Each day when I grab the mail I can’t wait to see how many we have received. I’ve noticed, though, that not as many people have been sending cards the past few years. Maybe it’s the expenses or perhaps they feel actual mail is a thing of the past! Not me! We open and read each one then they are taped to the inside of our front door, just like when I was little, so everyone can admire them. There they stay till well after Christmas. If it’s an especially lovely card, I will save it and use it for decorations or crafts.

What a great gift – Christmas Art delivered right to your door!

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16 responses to “Christmas Postathon Day 15

  1. Wow! You are talented! And I also love Christmas cards…sending and receiving. Although I could never draw my own, sadly.

  2. I assume you still draw because based on that early Christmas card, you have a talent!! I’m still at the stick figure stage πŸ˜‰

    Like you, I send out many cards each year … carefully chosen, carefully written. I too have noticed a decline in the number of cards I’m receiving each year. I’ve even noticed considerably fewer choices in cards available to buy. I guess it is a tradition that is slowly dying.

    • Thank you very much. I do still draw and paint when I have time. I study Art in college but found that drawing for a living wasn’t as much fun!!
      I think you are right. The selection of cards has gone down and the price of those available has gone up!

  3. I love that childhood card. What a talent you have. πŸ™‚ When the boys were small we used to make our own cards with paint and Christmas stalkers mostly.

    But I gave up on Christmas cards a few years ago. I used to get stressed about who to send them to outside the immediate family. Inevitably you’d receive a card from someone to whom you’d neglected to send one.

    I was thinking just the other day when I received a card that basically just had the ‘To’ and ‘From’ written in it, “What’s the point?” I honestly don’t see the benefit in sending a card if it doesn’t at least contain a small personal message. (And given what’s been going on in our house of late, I was surprised there wasn’t one.)

    Sorry. Don’t mean to sound Grinchy. I love that you take such care with your cards. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you. I know it’s not for everyone. My pet peeve are the cards that already have the signature printed in them! That seems a little too impersonal. Mostly I just love getting mail!😊

  4. I can so relate to it all! Beautiful Card! Beautiful post. Just LOVELY!

  5. It’s really neat that you used to draw the design for the cards! Given your work, I can imagine people were very pleased! You must have been so proud!
    I used to make my own, too. Like starting in September, with the embossing and stamping and glitter, all that stuff. I’d have em mailed by the day after Thanksgiving, too. People did go on about it. I don’t anymore, and I think I’d feel more pressure if I did. Maybe some other year, but not right now.
    It’s awesome you got your cards at such a discount. A few years, I’ve been able to buy gorgeous cards in the new year sales. πŸ˜€ — Ornaments, too!

  6. That’s a beautiful childhood card. Did you design that one?

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