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Christmas Card Through The Ages...

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1. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y

Some questions for those who send and/or receive Christmas cards... (After a comment or few...)

When I was much younger than I am now (let's say during the 50s & 60s), it was common practice to have Christmas cards made from photographs. Many of them were ordered through department stores with the kids sitting on Santa's lap, or from a professional photographer's studio with the whole family looking perky, or even from the Kodak Co. where you could use a photo taken at home. (You've all seen them - or even been in them - those long photos with a holiday sentiment and personal signature along the side.) As those decades passed, the "family photo" cards fell out of favor and were replaced by regular ol' cards. Maybe even having a family photo tucked inside along with a "this year in history" by the (insert name here) family. My father called them the yearly "can't stay in touch until now" epistles. He was the sentimental sort...

Anyway, to make a long story longer...

  • Due to this being the age of digital cameras and online "design" opportunities, has anyone been receiving a greater number of these types of cards?
  • Is this just a US thing or is it spreading across the globe?
  • Are you one who sends photo cards?
  • Are you one who likes receiving photo cards?

I could ask more but will leave it at that. I am not making any judgments on the cards (unlike my father), just noticing a massive increase in the number showing up in our mailbox. Personally, I like the ones from people I haven't seen in quite some time. The ones from relatives I just saw a month ago - I remember what you look like. (I realize they are sending them out to people who haven't seem them lately too.) Anyway, just curious about this resurgence of the photo cards.

Oh, and Happy Holidays!! (Don't want to sound like a complete Grinch.)

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

If I'm not mistaken, we made some of these last year.... and yes, having digital camera + pretty good home printers for doing this was certainly the reason

I can't say we've been receiving more than usual though.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 6y

We get them each year from our relatives in Canada, and I received an electronic picture greetings card from a friend in the US yesterday. I tend to stay away from sending generic letters or cards, either electonic or paper versions; the whole concept of 'group' things like that has never been my style. I don't mind receiving them though and the electronic message I received was really nice - a summary of this person's travel pictures from the the year and just a short message to everyone. I don't think I have seen an increase in them yet, and perhaps they are more popular in the US and Canada judging by the ones that I have received so far.

4. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 6y

This thread struck a note today. We don't do cards with our faces on them, but a 12 month calendar of my photographs from the year. Mostly wildlife and nature stuff. My wife started the tradition last year and tonight is the big push to get it done. We're late by quite a bit this year, so it'll be a late night for me. We do make electronic Christmas cards, Easter cards, birthday cards, etc. It's all photoshop and powerpoint work. We'll get them batch printed at the local Staples store. I don't think it would even be possible for me to do this type of work by hand, without my computer. It would take too long to do it the old fashioned way.