Saturday, December 4, 2010

Advent Calendar - December 4

At (a group of worldwide genealogist or people writing about their family history) the prompts or suggested ideas for the month relate to the Advent season. Many of the Geneabloggers are writing something everyday using the prompt provided.  This is my first (hopefully not last) post using the Advent prompts.

Our prompt for today is: 

 Did your family send cards? Did your family display the ones they received? Do you still send Christmas cards? Do you have any cards from your ancestors?
 Did your family send cards?

Like many my parents and my own family sent many Christmas cards.  At one time my list was up to 100+.  Within the last 15 years or so (since the invention of the internet) I find it much easier and cheaper to send my Christmas greeting via e-mail.   With the cost of cards ($20+/- times a minimum of 20 cards per box = $100 for 100 cards, 44cents for a stamp = $44 for 100, plus the time writing, addressing, and sealing the envelopes, I find it's just not cost effective.  And this does not take in to account the trees that are cut down to make these cards, only to have them thrown in the trash by New Year's Day.  I can buy someone on my list a pretty nice gift for $144! 

Did your family display the ones they received?

I put mine in a basket on the hutch in the living room.  We use to put hang our cards in the doorways and around the inside of windows.  

Do you still send Christmas cards?

My theory of late is that if I communicate with a person only by e-mail then that's how they get Christmas greetings from me.  If I talk to them on the phone during the year they will probably get a Christmas card via 'snail' mail. If they are close family/friends they will get a Christmas card with a family picture enclosed.

Do you have any cards from your ancestors?

I think my mom had some in her scrapbooks.  I'll have to go back and look.  She did have cards from other events...marriage, birthdays, etc. so I'm 'assuming' she had some from Christmas.  I scanned her scrapbooks this year but never got around to organizing the scans - that's on my 'to-do list' for 2011. 

Mary Post Warren
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  1. I like the idea of how to determine if someone gets and e-card vs a snail mail card! And wow - 100+ cards...I would never be able to get that done before Christmas!

    [btw - I had sort of a hard time reading your blog today - the words didn't show up well against the background - you might want to take a look....although the background pic is very nice!]

  2. Wow that is quite a list.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.
    I like your holiday look. I never change mine because it seems like what I have is just me. ;)