And So it Begins – Christmas Cards

Peace Snowflake Holiday Letterpress Cards in Blue and Silver
from Letterpress Delicacies

These letterpress Peace cards are so good I’d like to bite them.

I know it’s obscene to be shopping for Christmas cards already, but I get discouraged if the holidays pass us by without sending cards and hanging a wreath on the door. It seems like a low bar, but I can’t tell you how many years have gone by that I haven’t managed to accomplish those two things.

What’s your “it’s not the holidays without” tradition?

65 thoughts on “And So it Begins – Christmas Cards

  1. It’s not Christmas without going into Philadelphia and watching the light show at Macy’s, which used to be Wanamaker’s. We used to do this when I was a kid, then we all stopped for many years. Now I’ll go with my beau and plop on the floor and be 8 years old again.

    That and falling asleep on the sofa with the room lit only by the Christmas tree. Aaaaah…

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  2. It ain’t Christmas if there hasn’t been some serious family awkwardness. Politics? Check. Religion? Check. And look, it’s only been fifteen minutes. Yessssss!

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  3. All of it, every single thing people have mentioned here and a million more. Just that warm feeling, it smells like cinnamon and warms your belly like shots, and you can just feel it in the air.

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  4. I am resisting the urge to drag my Christmas gear out of the basement already. I love to buy bags of those cinnamon scented pinecones and store them dangerously close to the heating vents so the house smells like Christmas (and danger).

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  5. We have many, many holiday traditions that must be done every year. Decorating the Christmas tree as a family while eating donuts with hot chocolate, church party, Christmas cards with a family photo, fancy prime rib dinner with my side of the family on Christmas Eve, burning the Christmas trees around New Years and having a bonfire which includes more hot chocolate and donuts. But I have to say, my favorite part of Christmas is finding ways to help other people during this season. It’s my favorite tradition from growing up and I look forward to it every year. In fact, I’ve already started projects for this year!

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  6. ghetto egg nog lattes and gingerbread houses with one or many friends. that means it’s the season for me. this is the first year without my dad and i know we will be fumbling along a bit as we find our way to renewed/recycled/reused traditions.
    love reading everyone’s comments.

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  7. Sitting in front of a fire, listening to David Sedaris read his Santaland Diaries (you can find it in the This American Life Archives, but be sure to listen to the full length version!)

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  8. Its not Christmas to me without:

    – a chocolate advent calender
    – going to a christmas event (usually singalong carols with a professional choir) at the Royal Albert Hall in London. My boyfriend and I have gone every year that we have been together, and this year will be number 5!

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