Friday, November 30, 2018

Holiday Greeting Cards

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

Something I've always loved about the holidays is receiving Christmas (and or holiday) greeting cards. I love opening the mailbox and finding a pretty card (even better with sparkles!) and well wishes from someone I don't hear from often.  Of course, these days, not that many people continue with this charming tradition. The cards themselves are a lot cheaper than the postage. At 50 cents a pop--it can become quite expensive. (At right are the stamps I chose for this year's cards.)  I remember when I used to send out over 100 cards every year. These days ... not even half that.

It was in England in 1843 when Sir Henry Cole commissioned art for cards and sold them for a shilling each that the tradition began. That was a pretty penny in those days. You can read all about it here.

My parents used to tape their holiday cards up around the doorway in the living room. I carried on that tradition when I got in my first apartment. We have a cork wall in our entryway and that's where we hang them now. Mr. L has his side and I have mine.

It was more than a decade ago that I started collecting vintage greeting cards and I have quite a few. Of course, I have even more on one of my Pinterest boards.

Will you be sending out cards this year?

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