The mail begins to trickle in this time of year with Christmas Cards, and already this year we've received a couple. Our cards will be adding to the postal service economy here shortly.
We always seem to get a variety of cards and letters at Christmas time. Some folks take the time to write out a long letter, but most are just the traditional greetings with a message of love. We try to keep our address book up to date, as there is always someone among our friends or family who seems to have moved within the year.
In the past, there have been times where we've displayed the cards in the tree or across the doorway, etc. Some in my family have made small Christmas gift boxes out of the old cards from previous years. Others have placed them in the Christmas tree itself. Personally, I like to see who uses the same cards as others to see who shares a similar taste.
Our Christmas cards typically express a Christian message - one small way to share the gospel. Some of the cards we receive share this faith, others are filled with snowmen, Santa or other winter scene. Occasionally, a friend will send one of those picture cards, showing us how much their children or their pets have grown.
I do not have any Christmas cards of my ancestors, nor do I typically save the cards from year to year unless they are being recycled into a giftbox. Other than saving new addresses for the address books, the cards usually end up in the trash.
Christmas cards are a good way to stay in touch with loved ones that we don't get to see as often as we would like.