Sunday, December 4, 2011

Advent Calendar - Christmas Cards

Geneabloggers is once again hosting the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories encouraging family historians to write about their holiday traditions.

Reading last year’s Advent Calendar dedicated to Christmas cards made me realize I’m not very sentimental about cards.  Any cards.  The only reason I saved Christmas cards in the past was to fill up the bowl where I displayed them to make it look like we had tons of friends. 

When I was a child, we always displayed our cards on the staircase.  Ours was made of iron, much like you see on porches.  My contribution to Christmas decorating was running the strings in rows along the rail somewhat like little red and white clothes lines.  In fact, the card display kit included miniature red clothespins for clipping the cards onto the string. I took charge of hanging each card and rearranging them daily to avoid overlapping too much.  Tall cards were always a challenge. 

My sister's friend Gail and
my sister Mary Jollette Slade Pollock

Even though I am not that sentimental about cards, my parents saved this little gem that I must have made in kindergarten:


  1. Aren't you glad that they saved your 1956 card? You should frame it and display it each Christmas.

  2. Maybe it is good you don't love cards. I save too many of them. I only save those from my family or photo Christmas cards now.
    I love the look of your blog.

  3. That picture was taken on a New Year's Eve night-remember Gail always spent New Year's Eve with us? That was one steep staircase! You did a great job displaying those cards. It is kind of sad that hardly anyone mails cards anymore. I agree with Paula-frame that hand printed card. Another funny, remember when Daddy thanked that guy he knew named Barry for the Christmas card when it was really YOUR Barry that sent the card? hahahaha!