Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 1173 - The evolution of Christmas cards

Photo, store bought, hand made or E?

The 2012 Langdown Christmas card
Do you send Christmas cards? What style do you prefer?

In the last few years I've been quite delighted to see the children in primary school giving each other traditional style Christmas cards, with candy cane, in the lead up to Christmas.  In this age of texting, Facebook and everything E it's nice to see them using old fashioned pen and "paper" to wish each other well over the festive season.



For the past few years I've taken the American approach and created my Christmas cards through Snapfish with current photos to send as my greeting. I'm a bit lazy on the greeting and there is no handwriting involved,  but the sentiment of a hard copy letter box arrival is still there. I really enjoy getting photo cards from the people in my world who I don't see very often because it gives me a chance to see their families grow and the spirit of Christmas jumps out of the picture and into my lounge room.  My photo card collection sit around my coffee table in these special Santa clips I bought from the $2 shop. Sometimes I add my own photo cards from previous years just to remind me of how much my own family grows every Christmas.

The Deep Fried photo card collection
The more traditional looking Christmas cards hang from the blinds above the coffee table.  It's an easy way to display them and it adds to our Christmas decorations.  I've noticed this year that the hard copy cards arriving in my letterbox are getting fewer and fewer. While I am sure the environment is breathing a sigh of relief, I am a little bit sad. The bulk of these cards hanging here are from Darby's school friends.  Only a handful are for the family as a whole and they have mainly come from an older generation ... they contain beautiful penmanship with swirling tails and and looping L's.

Hanging our Christmas cards on the blinds
I love receiving hand made cards. I wish I had the time, patience and inclination to create them myself. But alas that is not where I am at in this phase of my life.  Maybe one day ...

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I have to be honest and say that I don't often open E cards that come my way. I receive a lot of emails (around 60 a day) so the E cards often end up in the "I'll get to that later" pile and may end up forgotten. It's not that I don't appreciate the sentiment, it's just that I have not trained myself well enough yet to give them the same attention that I give the hard copy variety.  It's something I'm working on.


What about you?  Do you send Christmas cards? What style do you prefer?  How do you display your stash?

I'm interested in hearing where it's all headed ...


14 comments :

  1. I actually really like the idea of Xmas cards but am so lazy I never do them, and consequently we don't get many! Ha! I like Ye olde Snapfish esque cards idea, next year am getting onto it stat.

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  2. Hi Leanne

    Just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Hope you have a lovely break planned.

    SSG xxx

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  3. Hi Leanne

    Just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Hope you have a lovely break planned.

    SSG xxx

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  4. Thanks for a great bloggy year SSG. The blogosphere is a much better place with you in it.
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year.
    Thanks for your support and 'friendship'.
    We all know that 2013 is going to be a lovely year with a SSG baby in the mix.
    Cheers!
    Leanne

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  5. Go for it Sarah - I have used Snapfish for three or four years now ... I find it very easy and it makes the whole Christmas card process quite streamlined.
    Leanne

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  6. Hello Leanne, I did send some cards, I do love to send them to the relatives in Scotland especially and to some old folks here in Australia. But we didn't send many this year. And I've never done the photo thing and really would love to... put in diary for next year.

    All best wishes for a happy and peaceful end to 2012 and a good start to the New Year for you and yours.
    Seana xx

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  7. I love getting Christmas cards, but very lazy when sending them out. Have a great xmas

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  8. The girls and I made Christmas cards (as I have done every year since I was a kid). Unfortunately I failed to get my butt into gear. So I have a pile of unwritten cards that wont be sent.

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  9. (raises hand)
    I am a snapfish user too!

    I love that people get a yearly update of how the boys have grown and changed.

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  10. I'm very slack at sending Christmas cards. I need to get a little more organized in that front. Love the idea of using snapfish.

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  11. I normally send Christmas cards but I haven't this year, and it feels strange! I actually feel guilty about it! I was just very disorganised and didn't get around to it, but I keep thinking "Maybe it's not too late to do them now." I normally, take a photo of my boys and then make up my own design, but there was no way it was going to happen.
    My son's both started school and kinder this year, so all of our cards are basically from their friends.
    See....even now I'm thinking "I should really just do it". Aaagh, the guilt!!
    Have a Merry Christmas :)
    xx

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  12. hahaha! Didn't mean to make anyone feel guilty. It seems we all like the idea of Christmas cards in theory, it just doesn't necessarily transfer into practice. We're all so time poor!
    Thanks for all the feedback.
    Snapfish may well be the winner in this one :)
    Cheers!
    Leanne

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  13. I've been nagging dear hubby about thank you cards for my 3 month old for, well, 2.5 months. Christmas cards are on our to-do list next. I had intended to send physical ones, them I was going to do an e-card, and now I think we are running out of time altogether.... Oh well, a newborn is a good excuse...

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  14. When I was in Canada, I never used to send Christmas cards. When I came to Australia, I started to send Christmas cards because that was a tradition my husband had. Now, I send just over 60 cards a year... It's a long process but I like receiving them too.

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