Advent Calendar 2010: December 4 – Christmas Cards

[Note: Portions of this post appeared in a post that originally ran during the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories in December 2009]


Did your family send cards? Did your family display the ones they received? Do you still send Christmas cards? Do you have any cards from your ancestors?

I have a confession to make. I don’t particularly like sending Christmas cards. Now, this may sound a bit strange coming from someone who makes a living as a writer, but I really do not look forward to this particular aspect of the holiday season. I don’t have the time to personalize each card, so it becomes more of an obligatory activity than one I can enjoy. Last year I mostly sent e-greetings. It saved me time, money for postage, and saved some trees by cutting down on the paper. I also don’t feel offended if I don’t receive cards. I have so many file boxes of old Christmas/holiday cards and I am running out of storage space, but the genealogist (or pack-rat?) in me just can’t bring myself to tossing them out. I suppose I could scan them first, but I don’t have much free time to do that right now.

It’s interesting because, come to think of it, my mother never really liked to send cards either. Guess that was passed down.

This year I decided to take advantage of an online card sending service. I chose the card I wanted, added a personal message, entered addresses for recipients and arranged to have the cards addressed and mailed. It saved time and I didn’t have to fuss with sealing envelopes or buying/putting on the stamps.

I’d like to wish all of my family and friends a safe, healthy and happy holiday season and all the best for 2011!

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