Yes, my husband Jim, and I do send Christmas cards.
Yes, we do receive a fair number of cards.
Yes, we love receiving them. It’s a great time of the year to connect with friends and extended family. (And a bit of genealogy has been known to “creep” into our annual newsletter.)
Some people complain about family newsletters, but we enjoy receiving them. (Besides, who has time and energy to write basically the same thing to everyone on their Christmas card list?) Cards and newsletters keep us in contact with the sender and their family updates. And photos are even better! Jim’s comment on photos: “It’s a way to see how the kids have grown and changed … and how the adults have aged!”
Sending cards has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember. My sister and I used to cut the decorative fronts from cards from the previous year and use them to decorate our room. I think we also sent them to the “missions” for their work. (Is this still done?)
Among my treasured cards are the ones a beloved great-aunt sent to us the last year she sent cards before she passed away. Talk about precious memories!
I suspect the number of Christmas cards mailed will slowly decline in the coming years as we transition more to electronic communication. But be assured if you send us a card, it will be kept in a basket in our living room for the next ten months or so as we enjoy referring back to the cards, letters, and photos during the new year.
So, keep those cards and letters coming!
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