Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Christmas and Holiday Card Traditions



In 1953, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first official White House card. Over the years, these cards would typicaly depict White House scenes as rendered by prominent American artists. The number of recipients has snowballed over the decades, from just 2,000 in 1961 to 1.4 million in 2005. (Per Wiki) The image above depicts American president Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1967 White House Christmas card.

It’s been a good number of years since I’ve sent out holiday cards and do you know what? I miss it. I don’t hardly receive them anymore either – and I’m not sure if that’s because of people not sending them, or people just not sending them to me.

Do you still mail out holiday cards? If so, what kind do you send? Traditional store bought cards, photo cards – or maybe handmade cards? If you don’t send them anymore, why not? Limited time? Cost of postage?


4 thoughts on “Christmas and Holiday Card Traditions

  1. I’m really inconsistent. I just sent out a batch today. Last year I didn’t send any, but I did the year before. It’s always something I want to do but don’t consistently get around to. Like Rita said, it’s a nice way to stay connected. Plus, I’m firm in my belief that seasonal greetings cards are universally appreciated ;-) Finally, who doesn’t like getting mail?

  2. I still enjoy the tradition of sending Christmas cards. I used to make my own but now I usually send traditional store bought ones. For friends who I don’t see during the year I’ll include a short handwritten note. Family in Hungary get a card and a letter. It’s just a nice way to stay connected to friends and family.

  3. I know it’s Christmas and all , but “Linden”?

    The card list has dwindled through the years. Now it’s just.family and a few old friends.


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