Friday, December 06, 2013

Christmas Cards



Me and my Mom and my Christmas card "take" at my center city Philadelphia home 1978 - I still have those cards!

This evening I finished addressing my Christmas cards.  I'm a bit late this year.  No reason other than maybe I'm just not really into the holiday season.  Oh I like the sparkling lit Christmas trees and the goodwill.  Not so much on the caroling (I HATE the Partridge in the Pear tree song and all the "Ho! Ho! Ho!" Santa Clauses that seem to be in every other commercial).  And of course I don't like all the commercialism but other than that, I like the Christmas or "holiday" season.  


Me at "Christmas Card Central"

The one "holiday" activity I do like is sending Christmas cards.  This is the one time of year I have the opportunity to let my friends and relatives, who have moved away, that I am still alive and they are still alive.  Unfortunately, this year I just discovered yesterday that two of my longtime friends had died in the past year, one the day after Christmas last year.  I am saddened by the knowledge of that fact. Ironically both of these individuals I once tried to fix up with each other.  She was interested but he wasn't.  It was a shame because they both died single.  Both fine folks.  




















I used to kid my friend Rich that he was the only person I knew who had a birthday that the whole city of Philadelphia used to celebrate every New Year's Day with a massive, all day parade. Every year I kidded him about that and every year he took my kidding. He was very gracious about my annual lame joke.

Addressing and sending my Christmas cards, most with a little note (I don't do "the letter") is my one enjoyable Christmas activity of which I have never tired.  By the way, if  you're on my Christmas card list, don't feel obligated to do a tit for tat.  You don't to send me a Christmas card just because I sent one to you.  I send the Christmas cards because I truly want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


This year's Christmas card (the cat's out of the bag now)

Note:  95 cards this year broken down this way:

Arizona - 1 (you know who you are)
California - 5
Connecticut - 1
Delaware - 12 (newly adopted state)
Florida - 2
Georgia - 3
Louisiana - 1
New Jersey - 5
Nevada - 2
New York - 1 (you know who you are)
North Carolina - 2
Ohio - 1
Pennsylvania - 45 (former home state)
South Carolina - 6
Tennessee - 2
Virginia - 5
Canada - 1 (and you definitely know who you are)



23 comments:

  1. ooooooooooooh, I see my card envelope, second down in the stack!

    I send only 12 cards a year; you are one of the 12; congrats!

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    1. Anne Marie,

      Thank you so much for your card. It was beautiful, just like you!

      Ron

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    2. awwwwwwwww, shucks (blushes)

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    3. Anne Marie,

      I made you blush!

      Ron

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  2. this is admirable; along the same line as someone who makes their bread from scratch.
    My parents had an elaborate christmas card routine, including a log book as to who sent them cards/or not. IT was quite an endeavor.

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      I'm pretty anal about my Christmas card tradition but not that anal (thank goodness). I tried it one year I (keeping a "to and from" list) but halfway through it I realized that it was meaningless. What was I thinking?

      Ron

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    2. I make bread from scratch!

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    3. Anne Marie,

      Isn't that the best bread? The bread made from scratch. I have a bread making machine. Haven't used it since I moved to Delaware. I'll have to dig it out, wherever I put it.

      Ron

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    4. I too have a bread machine; I use it weekly. the beer bread I made for spo last year was NOT made by the machine, but by my two hands.

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    5. Anne Marie,

      I missed out on your beer bread last year. Bring more this year.

      Ron

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  3. I always groan when one in particular of my few regular cards arrives enclosing a typed sheet of details of all that this person and his partner have got up to in the last 12 months - which has obviously been run off to be enclosed in all the other cards they send too. So BORING! I gave up reading this smug annual itinerary some years ago. In fact the sheet they sent me last year (still unread) is what I've been using on my computer desk on which to place my mugs of coffee. And if that wasn't bad enough, although they take the trouble to sign the actual card, nowhere is there the slightest enquiry about my own situation, health or well-being. I know that your own cards must be a cut above this, Ron. (Aren't they?)

    In recent years I've been taking special care to avoid sending anything with any overt or even subtly religious message to my dwindling band of non-religious correspondents. Trouble is it's the religious ones who, to some slight dismay, are the ones who are surviving the longest!

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  4. Ray,

    Thank you for saving me! I never sent out the typed sheet of details that I did in the past year but I was going to this morning because of all that went on. Then I read your comment and you're absolutely right! I've received those sheets before and they annoy me. I have never read one all the way through. And to think I was going to SEND ONE OUT! Again, thank you for saving me because I was going to stop at Staples this morning and get some "Christmasy" paper to type it on. Instead I will HANDWRITE a personal note on each card, which is what I have done every year in the past. I almost veered off course. Phew!

    Ron

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    1. Ron, after I posted my comment it struck me that, although I don't know your own Xmas routine, you might have thought that I was taking a dig at anyone who sends out what I described. That was far from my thoughts, but what I CAN tell you is that a personal note in one's own handwriting, making it special to that recipient alone, makes ALL the difference. To refer back obliquely to a recent post of my own, it's the "spoonful of sugar'' which makes it all so much more palatable, the more personal the better.

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    2. Ray,

      On the contrary, you saved me! Yesterday morning I was on my way out the door to Staples (a local office supply store) to buy some "Christmas Paper" to send "the letter." WHAT WAS I THINKING? I hate those letters. You're right, a personal note, even if it is only a sentence or two is SO much better. That's what I'm doing now. Thanks again.

      Ron

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    3. I'm feeling a bit better now - just a bit, but enough!

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  5. Ron, I think it's great you have so many friends to send Christmas cards to. I wasn't much into sending out cards, my mom was. My folks would lay ribbons on 2 or 3 doors and hang dozens of cards from friends and family. Now not so much, sadly everybody has pertty much died off. :-( I like the photo of you and your mom, I have a pic of mine about that same time period making Christmas cookies. Much simpler times back then. Also is that top photo a shot of the lobby of the inn? Very nice, can't wait to see it in person. Bloggerpalooza just about 3 months away! Randy in NEB.

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    1. Pat,

      I yearn for those simpler times at Christmas. So much I took for granted at those times and not realized until those simpler times are now gone. Yes, the banner photo is of the lobby at the Inn. They always do the Christmas tree so nice. Only three months now. Time does go fast. The only problem with the annual Bloggerpalooza is that those three days will fly by too. Warp speed. I'm glad you're coming though. Looking forward to meeting you and introducing you to the other bloggers. All fine folks.

      Ron

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    2. yeah, wait til randy meets the motley crew...he won't believe his eyes! or ears!

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    3. Anne Marie,

      Only three months to go! Time flies!

      Ron

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  6. Ron

    I used to love the tradition I grew up with of sending out Christmas cards. When they arrived our family would stand them up on every piece of furniture (or did I do that?). Then it became easier to let them hang from strings above entranceways between rooms and doorways. My sending out and receiving has diminished somewhat. Of course I've lost touch with some people - and a lot simply don't engage in it anymore. Some send email cards. I like those too. They can be quite beautiful and imaginative. I love the spirit of Christmas. This year a little time with my very small family and the annual scrabble game Christmas dinner with a few longtime friends. Congrats on getting 95 cards out.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,

      Interestingly enough, I don't display the cards I receive. I put them in a pile on the table. I used to display them but stopped for some reason several years ago. I still like receiving and reading the cards but I'm not put off if friends or family have discontinued sending cards. We all have our own way of celebrating Christmas and the holiday season. I respect them all, this is my way, staying in touch through Christmas cards. All I know is that I find it very comforting addressing and sending my cards out. The only sad part is the knowledge that I will no longer be sending cards out to some folks because they have passed. My friend Larry's mother always used to send me a Christmas card, for over fifty years. When she died last year and I didn't receive her annual card I felt like my Christmas was diminished. So sad.

      Have a wonderful holiday season!

      Ron

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  7. Hey,
    beautiful...cards I love your blog post. Enjoy reading it. Amazing pictures.

    Thanks
    ~ Sunita
    Send Christmas Card

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