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Peace, Joy and Candy Canes

Christmas cards are officially OUT!!! I finally dropped them off at the post office after standing in line for about 30 minutes to get stamps!!

A little about the history of Christmas cards, in case you didn't know...I used to work for a British company, so this was explained to me because every year we would spend hours perfecting our company Christmas card as to not offend anyone and include everyone.

Christmas cards originated in England over 150 years ago. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy. I was told that Christmas cards are a BIG DEAL in England and if you didn't receive one from a friend or business associate then some people would get extremely offended. I think we mostly do it here as an extra something special.

This year I've received several SmileBox greetings from friends trying to do something good for the environment, save money or simply ran out of time! They are really cute, but this is about the ONLY time of the year I run to the mailbox to see what I've received because I love a Christmas card, so I think I'll stick to the old-fashioned version.


  1. i love your card this year!!!

    it's perfect!

  2. what a great card! you are so ahead of me, i'm trying to get around to the christmas cards...i am!

  3. I'm with you on the snail mail Christmas cards. There's something so fun and endearing about getting a pile of cards in the mail each day!

  4. Agree - I like the "old-fashioned" way to send Christmas cards :-)

  5. I'm like you - I practically run to the mailbox b/c I love getting Christmas cards!

  6. I agree with you - I love the "old fashioned" "non-green" method of sending printed cards via snail mail. I was just commenting to my husband last night about the slim amount of cards we've received this year and we both think people have perhaps nixed cards in an effort to cut back and save money. We also both agree that we'd nix some other stuff first in lieu of sending cards. I revel in the joy of getting the pictures made, designing the card (this year I used green cards with chocolate brown ink) and hand-writing each address and note.

  7. To me, virtual cards versus Christmas cards sent by mail is analogous to a gracious email versus a hand-written thank-you note ... the former just really doesn't hold a candle to the latter.
    This year, however, I was mindful to select a card that could easily be recycled.

    Love your blog, Southern! Can't remember how I got here, but I'll definitely be back!

  8. Your card is adorable, I love to send and recieve!


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