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The Lost Art of Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards

I love Christmas cards!!! I really do! It’s one of the things about Christmas that I enjoy the most. I know it may seem odd, in this digital world that we find ourselves, how someone could enjoy such a thing, but it’s true. They don’t have to be fancy, colorful, expensive or funny for me to like them. Just receiving them from someone important in my life is enough for me.

Maybe it’s the sentiment, the thought behind the card, or who it came from; maybe it’s the fact that a lot of people just don’t do it anymore, or it could just be that it reminds me of when I was younger that I enjoy them so much; I guess it could be all of the above, I’m not really sure. There’s nothing like going to the mailbox and finding a Christmas card. For me, it’s like getting Christmas presents all month long!

A few years ago I started hanging up the Christmas cards I received. And soon it became part of my regular Christmas decorations. I hang them up in my kitchen by a couple nails and a piece of twine. Not too fancy, but it does the trick. I just like seeing them hang there. It makes me feel loved and thought of and cared for and all warm and fuzzy inside πŸ™‚ I smile every time I see them. Some years there are more cards than others, but that doesn’t detract from the meaning. Sometimes I leave them up until New Year’s and other times I leave them hanging longer. I haven’t quite figured out the right length of time yet.

I remember making Christmas cards when I was younger. It’s amazing what you can do with some crayons, glitter, glue and some construction paper! I remember giving cards to my classmates and then displaying them on a coffee can for everyone to see. Did anyone else do that? Below is a picture of what I’m describing.

Can-holder-13_0 I actually found a great site that shows you how to do it! The site is Sophie’s World (they also get the photo credit for the picture). You can click on the name or picture and it will take you to the tutorial of how to make them.

But it’s not all about getting Christmas cards. I also enjoy sending them. Yes, I know this takes time, but it’s so much fun!!! I like to write a message in each one that is personalized to the individual. I know some people do Christmas letters or photo cards of their family or kids. Those are pretty neat too, but for me, there’s nothing like a good ole’ handwritten Christmas card sent through the mail.

Does anyone else send Christmas cards or display them in a unique way?


  1. Wayne, that’s a very beautiful idea to hang up the Christmas cards! I guess each time one looks at them it’s like feeling the Christmas again, even if months are passed. This should become a part of Christmas traditions!

    • Wayne

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I even thought about making a Christmas card wall once, but haven’t made it to the point of actually doing it yet..

      • That sounds a great idea too! However the hanging cards seem to be more practicable, specially when not much space can be found on walls! πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

  2. I love christmas cards, too. Actually, I like any card or hand written note sent through the mail. I am happy that in this digital age most people still send out cards, it’ll be a sad day when they only pop up on your computer. Your special card display is great. I set mine on the window sills in my kitchen so I can look at them every morning. Happy holidays!

    • Wayne

      I agree! I hope they continue to live on even in the digital age. I’m glad you enjoy cards too. The window sill would also be a great place to display them πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  3. Steven

    I’m with you on the sentiment over the looks, though I’ll admit a corny one with a terrible gag is likely to get my favour. Yes, sending them is always nice, nicer though if it’s blustery and cold… it doesn’t feel Chrismassy otherwise (and indeed, it’s very mild here for December this year – 10 degrees at half 2 in the morning! More sombrero than scarf.)

    I inherited a display technique from my mother whereby you tape/string them together, top-to-bottom, and hang them high up on the wall, so they chain downwards – a few of these chains around the room sit quite nicely, amid the decorations πŸ™‚ and you can still read them. I’m not sure if this is odd or commonplace, but I don’t think I’ve ever been to another house where they’ve done it.

    I like your Christmas card wall idea!

  4. Wayne

    Interesting display idea, Steven. I’ve never heard of or seen that one before. But I like it! I see how it could work well.

  5. ShethP

    I remember making Christmas cards in elementary school. πŸ™‚ Though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I know I loved it. Come to think of it though, it’s not just Christmas cards that I liked making or receiving. I have this entire collection of birthday cards from when I was a kid and didn’t even know how to read… and now? Thankfully, I have a couple creative friends who care enough to send me one every year. I feel so blessed. πŸ˜€

    • Wayne

      That is so awesome! The great memories and simplicity of creating things as a child. It didn’t take much to create something. I appreciate your thoughts so much. Brings back happy memories πŸ™‚

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