Friday, December 14, 2012

The Magic of Christmastime through cards

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Candy cane cardToo often when I find myself goofing off these days -- I'm goofing off on Pinterest.  The entire site has gone bananas with two points of interest:  Doctor Who and Christmas--especially vintage Christmas.  Ahh ... for the old days, when everyone was happy.  When there was no stress around the holiday feast table.  When everything was better.

Of course, it wasn't.  That's Hallmark's fault for making us believe that.  (That and Madison Avenue in general.)  But wouldn't it be nice if the holidays were all filled with magic?

I admit it, I love that kind of Christmas magic and I love vintage Christmas cards.  In fact, I collect them and have about 50-60 of them.  Thanks to Pinterest, I now have an even bigger virtual collection (spread out over several of my writing personas).

I like cards from the 1950s.  It was such an innocent era.  (Well, we like to think that.  The WWII had ended, but Korea was in full swing, and there was the Cold War going on ... but let's think innocent.)

Most of my cards came from yard sales.  Usually when daughters were cleaning our their parents homes.  They bagged them up and I bought them. (I also have an entire VERY BIG BOX (we're talking 18" high and 2' wide) of assorted cards for every occasion that I got FOR THREE BUCKS!) I love them all!

Every year I hand the last Christmas card I got from my Granddad back in the 1980s.  It wasn't an expensive card, but it has his signagure on it and it says "with Love"  (sniff).

But so far this year I have only received four Christmas cards--and all of them were from my readers. (Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!)  I'm so sad that that tradition seems to be going the way of the doh-doh.  I used to look forward to the mail every day in December. Now people send virtual cards which, less face it, don't entail much effort at all.  Especially when all one has to do is gang a load of email addresses and shoot off one card with one generic message.  Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to receive them, but I can't hang them on the wall and admire them several times a day.

A cheery christmasI've got my cards all ready to work on this weekend, and will feel sad that my wall of cards might only have those four cards on it this year.

If you like vintage cards, they have reproductions on Amazon.  BTW, I'll be sending out a few of my duplicate vintage cards to a chosen few.

Will you be sending out Christmas cards this year?
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