Advent calendar of Christmas memories 2011: 4th December: Christmas Cards

Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers is encouraging us to celebrate the 2011 Christmas season with a series of posts called the Advent Calendar of Memories. This is today’s entry. 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?

My family sent out cards but then I think “everyone” did when I was a child, though perhaps not as many as some…we didn’t have a large extended family. And the received cards were always hung up on a tinsel string. Perhaps I have some old ones in my memory box -time for an excavation.

For years I faithfully sent cards but my preference these days is to ring my far-distant friends in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Because we don’t have many chances to see each other it’s a great chance to have a good chat, swap information and keep our friendship alive. However what I’m finding, especially among the older generation, is that they still want cards, so I guess there’ll be a small handful going out.

Probably like many of us, I send Christmas email greetings to my network of extended Kunkel family network and family history mates. With friends I’ll sometimes send a Christmas newsletter. I was vastly amused by (and empathised with) this post by Catch the Window which captures the essence of the worst-of circular Christmas newsletters. Still I like to hear what people are up to and I’d (mostly) rather a bit of OTT information than a simple: “dear You Mob, happy Christmas, love Us Mob”. Those cards make me feel so frustrated…I want to say, but what’s happening in your life, have you had a good/bad year etc but then I guess with our closest friends I already know that. One of the reasons that I sometimes sit down and write my Christmas news “Cass Capers” (often at the last minute having overcome my curmudeonly attitude), is that it’s a great way to remind myself of the year’s events and, in balance, count my blessings. I file a copy in my memory box so maybe they will survive for future generations.

On top of which there’s the Down Under problem of Christmas cards: decades of snow, fir trees, sledding, reindeers….none of those around here. In recent years there’s been more of a trend to generalised cards without the northern hemisphere influences. Mind you, I’m not sure all those “snow-white boomers”/kangaroos are much better than reindeers.

What about you? Do you love or hate Christmas newsletters? Do you send out notes with your cards?

7 thoughts on “Advent calendar of Christmas memories 2011: 4th December: Christmas Cards

  1. I enjoyed reading your post. I still send cards, but like you have moved to have a great phoning session to catch up with distant friends, rather than write a standard letter – though I do like your title of “Cass’ Capers”. It’s also good to get a different perspective of Christmas from the southern hemisphere. Your posting on foods brought back memories of Bavarian holidays – we lvoed the lebkuchen. .


    1. Thanks for dropping by Susan and I’m glad you enjoyed the hot-weather Xmas perspective. I’m having fun reading all about people’s traditions in the colder weather but some things seem to have a sense of familiarity about them -kids around the trees, sharing family events etc, but the differences are really interesting too. Bavaria is fantastic at Xmas time isn’t it?


  2. Love this post… I seem to be involved with all possibilities… I call, email, send some cards, send some newsletters, email some newsletters and still seem to never catch up with everyone…
    The only ones that I find hardly worth opening are the cards that come, not personally addressed on the cards and the only words handwritten will be “from Jack and Jill” or “all the NSW lot”… then there are the ones with whom you’ve been exchanging cards for many years and they still get your name spelt incorrectly! Oh, well, at least they care… ?


    1. I had a good chuckle at your comment…birds of a feather I think! Couldn’t agree more about Jack & Jill…not to mention people I’ve known since high school who can’t spell my name…my fellow bloggers do much better:-). At least as you say they care -or think of us at any rate.


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