"Greeting cards have all been sent, the Christmas rush is through..."
from The Carpenters' "Merry Christmas, Darling."
If only that were true. Every year I vow I will get my Christmas cards out early. And every year I find myself in mid-December without having sent a one. This year is no different. What's worse is each year I seem to have less motivation to do it. It's not that I'm not in the Christmas spirit. Heck, I've got Christmas spirit oozing out my ears. But nobody seems to participate in this time-honored ritual any more. So for every 2 cards I send out, I might get 1 back, and that's even after having drastically reduced the number of cards I send. I'm not sure if it's because of the constant contact we have with friends and family now through social media, or if we've just gotten lazy. But, I know eventually I will get my cards out again this year, even if it will be last minute once more.
Since I don't have most of my readers' addresses, I'm offering this bounty of vintage Christmas cards as my wish to you all for a very Merry Christmas. I bought all of these at one estate sale; one family's accumulation of their own friends' and family's well-wishes from an age when we were social without electronic media.
I'm glad to see Elmer and Evelyn finally let Bobby and Diane join them on their card.
It must have been hard "keeping up" with the Von Derheide's. They had the *best* cards!