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?
Don't forget that the Cozy Chicks Cookie Exchange starts on Sunday with Leann's recipe!  


Jeannie D. said...

Yes, I already have mine sent out. I have only received 1 so far this year. It is sad that it seems that card sending is yet another thing shot down by technology. I am like you and want to hold something in my hand and open it and read it, just like book's. I want to hold them in my hand and read them. I love the vintage cards of all kinds. I love the Valentines I received as a child in the 60's. Oh well,Happy Holiday's anyway!

Katreader said...

I love "real mail" and actually write letters and make cards for many holidays. I buy Christmas cards though as I send out a lot. I guess I'm lucky in that while I don't receive many cards for other holidays-I still get a bunch for Christmas. I'll be working on mine this weekend-I had to get my presents mailed out first! I love vintage cards as well and hope the tradition doesn't die!

Shirley said...

I send out Christmas cards, too. I usually write a note and/or send a picture with them. I like receiving cards but don't like it when all the sender did was sign it.

ladyvyvian said...

I am mainly handing out cards. I literally do not have the money for stamps. All my disposable income was used to repair my car after a wreck. I have about 11 cards I need to mail and hope I can come up with the necessary funds for stamps before Christmas. I have only received 1 card so far this year but have received a coupe of E-cards.

Heather said...

I have received about a dozen cards so far this year, which is a lot fewer than this time last year. I've also noted not as many Christmas lights up around the neighborhood.

I love browsing our state historical society's online archives, and the more vintage photos and cards always interest me the most.

I also love making cards for all occasions and made about 100 Christmas cards this year--60 for my own use, and 40 were sent to troops overseas to send home to their friends and family (this is something a friend and I have been doing for several years). Nothing could ever compare to receiving a hand-addressed envelope in the mail.

Aurian said...

Lol, I send you a card Lorraine, did it arrive already?
I absolutely love winning swag, and as American authors always put a return address on the envelope, I decided last year to keep those addresses and add them to my Christmas list. This year, I send 64 cards. Including to friends and family, but it was fun, though a lot of work writing them all.
I have received 5 so far, but am expecting some more.