This was originally posted on 4 December 2009 for the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.
Today’s advent calendar at Genea Bloggers asks:
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?
Growing up, I do not believe we always sent Christmas cards. As a kid, I always liked getting them. When I was a teen ager, we lived in a big house that had two sets of French doors and we would hang them from the door frame, entering into the dining room, with a string and clip. The string would make two loops across the top of the frame and then the string would hang down both sides of the doorway.
As I became an adult and had children I would send cards out all the time, making sure to add the cutest pictures of the children for everyone to see. In the most recent years I have not sent out any cards and I always buy them to send. I have been working in retail management the past 7 years and there is never enough time to really enjoy the holiday. The cards were the easiest item to drop off of my to do list.
I still display the cards we receive, we tape them to the doors in our hallway. The hallway is small, but we must pass trough it to go anywhere in the house. The cards bring a little cheer to this small section of our home.
I do have cards from family members. I usually keep the ones that are either special or have a family photo on them. I am sure I might have a card or two from a direct ancestor, but not too many.