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ARE CHRISTMAS CARDS A THING OF THE PAST?
12/21/2019 11:15:00 PM by: Patti Shene

 

 

IS THE CHRISTMAS CARD TRADITION DISAPPEARING?

 

When I left New York for to make a home in Southeastern Colorado in the early seventies, one of the things I brought with me was an address book.

 

 

Most of the entries in that little book were Christmas card recipients. My dad was the youngest of seven children, so I had an abundance of aunts and uncles, cousins and second cousins on his side alone, not to mention “greats”, relatives on mom’s side of the family, and a grandparent or two to exchange Christmas card greetings with. Then there were a few childhood friends and former co-workers. It was not uncommon for me to send over a hundred cards in any given year.

 

 

I can remember arranging an “update” call with my mom every December. She would have her address book ready to share new locations of those who had moved. She was always good about keeping in touch with folks throughout the year. Sadly, we would cross off names of those who had passed away.

 

 

As time went by, I lost track of some old friends. The address book became an Excel file on my computer.  People I worked with moved on, but we maintained that once a year Christmas card communication, usually with a letter chronicling events throughout the year.

 

 

This Christmas season, I added twenty bucks to my total at the post office when I mailed my son and daughter-in-law’s international package to purchase a supply of Christmas stamps.. I’m sure if I had taken the time to look, I’d have found some unused “forever” Christmas stamps from last year, making it necessary to purchase only one book this year.

 

 

My list of cards to be sent has dwindled dramatically, and the amount I receive even more so.

 

 

Is the exchange of Christmas cards a tradition that is disappearing?

 

 

I, for one, still enjoy seeing the return address of a friend or family member on an envelope in December, knowing a cheerful Christmas card will be waiting inside. Sometimes, there is a type-written letter, other times, a simple hand-scrawled greeting.

 

 

Whether you sent a Christmas card to me (or received one from me) this year or not, I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry and Joyous Christmas! Whether a friend, family member, or someone I met somewhere along life’s journey, you have all touched me in some way at some point in time.

 

 

May God bless you all this Christmas and throughout the New Year!

 

Patti Shene Gonzales maintains two blogs, Patti’s Porch and The Over 50 Writer and is working on a novel. She hosts Step Into the Light, a podcast that strives to lead others out of darkness and back to light. When not writing, reading, or broadcasting, she is spending time with friends or attending her only granddaughter’s sports activities. Patti lives in Colorado with her devoted feline companion, Duncan.

 

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Comments

Cynthia From Upstate NY At 1/1/2020 12:39:52 PM

I continue to send out Christmas cards every year. It is the one time where we can make an effort to stay in touch with family and friends. It is personal and far better than an email or text! To cut expenses, I usually buy them at after Christmas sales (75% off) for following year.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Cynthia. Yes, this is the main reason I send them to those especially who are not on social media, to keep in touch and let those folks know they are still very important to me. Thank you for stopping by and joining the discussion. Happy New Year!

Becky M Van Vleet From Colorado At 12/23/2019 6:00:56 PM

Hi Patti--I stil send out Christmas and we still receive a few. It's just a fun tradition for me and I'll probably keep it going as long as I can. I agree with your reply to Dave in that possibly God is challenging us to find new ways to bless one another at this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining in this discussion. May you have a very Merry Christmas!

Jan Cline From ID At 12/23/2019 9:56:44 AM

I haven't sent out Christmas cards for years so I'm not surprised I don't receive many now. I admire those who take the time to do it - spending the extra money in rising postage. As the years go by, I think many of us have to pick and choose what traditions we can keep doing. Merry Christmas!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jan. I agree that the expenses can definitely be a factor as we get older along with physical limitations sometimes. Thank you for stopping by and joining in the discussion. May you have a Merry and Joyous Christmas and many blessings in 2020.

Vivian Furbay From Colorado Springs, CO At 12/23/2019 7:10:46 AM

I love giving and receiving Christmas cards. I haven't received some from the people i have given cards to but that's okay. Receiving them brightens my day.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 12/22/2019 1:03:13 PM

Dwindling for sure... Having just moved my mother-in-law, nearly 94, to the nursing home, I can attest that the ones that still arrive, mostly from people they knew decades ago in the service, confuse her. But maybe one will spark something in her memory...you never know!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. This is true. We never do know what line, word, or name will spark a special memory in the mind of a loved one who is suffering from some form of dementia. Thank you for stopping by. May your Christmas be Merry with many blessings throughout the New Year.

Dave Parks From elijahblog.com At 12/22/2019 5:09:23 AM

Sad, isn't it, Patti. I don't know what year we mailed our last Christmas cards, and I don't see any standing on the table with the candles and tiny carolers this morning. But the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. May we behold his glory.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Amen, Dave! Perhaps God is challenging us to discover new ways to share the Reason for the Season with family and friends. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a Merry Christmas and many blessings throughout 2020.

Harry Wegley From WA At 12/22/2019 1:33:11 AM

The tradition has really dwindled over the past 3 years. We used to get 40 - 50 cards each year and we sent out about 60. This year we sent out about 35 but have received only a dozen cards. I believe the cost of sending cards plus our level of business are taking a toll on this tradition.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Harry! Thank you for stopping by and joining in the discussion. Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas.

Bonnie Engstrom From AZ At 12/21/2019 11:47:22 PM

Sadly, Patti, the tradition has dwindled. I still receive cards from old friends with photos of their grandchildren. I keep all those to see how the kids have grown over the years. I also send cards with photos of our six grandkids. Probably only a handful of friends care, but I care.

Reply by: Patti Shene

HI Bonnie. Thank you for sharing. I must admit that the photos I receive are in no organized fashion, so over the years, I have a difficult time recalling whose children the photos are of unless they are marked.

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6/27/2015 10:51:06 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
6/13/2015 1:32:20 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
5/22/2015 10:51:09 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
5/9/2015 7:57:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
4/10/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
3/27/2015 11:19:26 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
3/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
2/27/2015 11:00:12 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
2/14/2015 8:01:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
1/24/2015 1:41:32 PM  by: Patti Shene

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
1/16/2015 10:59:08 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
1/10/2015 7:44:16 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
12/27/2014 11:17:48 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
12/20/2014 11:08:16 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
12/18/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
12/14/2014 3:45:38 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
12/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
12/6/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
11/29/2014 12:36:32 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
11/22/2014 6:55:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
11/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
11/8/2014 2:41:19 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
11/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
10/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
10/19/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
10/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
10/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
9/27/2014 9:25:12 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
9/19/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BY THE NUMBERS
9/15/2014 2:24:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
9/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
8/30/2014 10:56:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
8/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
8/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SITTING IDLE
8/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
8/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
7/26/2014 11:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
7/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
7/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
6/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
6/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
6/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
5/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene