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Friday, December 20, 2013

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Have you been getting a lot of mail this month?
Not just bills and fliers but Christmas cards.
Do you get your mail in a rural mailbox or a group box or perhaps one on your house?

I think letters in the mail are a dying thing.
We have received a number of Christmas greetings in our mailbox this month and we even received an email newsletter from a couple in their upper 80's.  (they are really 'with it')  However, I have noticed that the Christmas cards are down in number this year.

In my visiting with everyone here in blog land I have been wishing them Christmas greetings and have also received them  ~ via email and comments on my posts.

In Canada our Canada Post is slowly phasing out home mail delivery over the next 2 years.  Yep.  No more mail delivered to your door!   There are already "group boxes" in many neighbourhoods and that will be the way of the future to save money.  Oh, and postage is going up in January to $1.00 a letter in Canada!!   I guess it's because most of us use email these days.  Someone told me that rural delivery will continue for the most part even though there are group boxes in some areas due to safety issues in delivering the mail.  
Changes.



When I was about 9 or 10 my sister and I had our own Christmas holiday mail bags.  

We would hang them on our bedroom door and put any Christmas cards we received in them.

I saved mine all these years.  I even wrote my name and address on the back just in case it went missing.  ;)  (or my sister claimed it!)  (A little sibling rivalry.)

And guess what I still have?




Some of my Christmas cards I received as a young girl.


Cards from Susan, Debbie, Brenda, Paul and Bruce,…. among others…..


Cards from Grammie and Aunt Beth and Uncle Walter, Nancy, The Redmores, Helen…..


I love the graphics on these cards from the late 50's and early 60's don't you?

I also have two 'dime' cards that I received as a little baby.


There is one dime missing in the one on the right but the others are all intact ~ $1.40 in all.

 Here are the envelopes with sweet stickers added to them.  These are at least 60 years old.


Treasured keepsakes from the past.  

Do you have any old sentimental Christmas cards saved from the past?  

Well, it's snowed almost every day this week.  We had two partly sunny days that changed to snow.   There's more snow, ice pellets and freezing rain coming for the weekend.   A nice mess.
Happy first day of winter on Saturday!!  

Enjoy your weekend and all the holiday festivities and stay safe.

Blessings,

Pamela



43 comments:

  1. So beautiful Pamela! I love all of the cards that you have saved, I love that you saved them and looking at the pictures, it is amazing how styles have changed. I lament the reduction in mail. We seem to get bills (we haven't switched to online) and junk, some cards at Christmas, but less and less each year. As older people leave us, the younger ones don't seem to pick up on sending cards somehow.

    It is shocking that you will not have your mail delivered to your door. There would be uproar in England if that happened - or didn't happen! Just a few years ago it seems we had 2 deliveries a day, now only one and then often not until nearly the end of the day, but at least it is still coming to us. I hope that you don't lose your deliveries completely.

    Oh, did you update your header picture, it seems even snowier than it was - perhaps I am imagining it!

    Happy Christmas to you and yours.. xx

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  2. They are absolutely lovely! What treasures, I'm so happy you saved them and shared them with us.

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  3. i guess that means we will have to up our postage too ... Canada can not get more pricey than the US. ha. ha!! i love mailing things. i send postcards, birthday cards, sympathy, Christmas, just for fun cards, letters, i love writing & will probably never stop unless it gets too pricey. we will see? that would make super sad if it get too terrible.

    stay warm ... keep showing snowy shots please. ( :

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  4. I love the old cards from the 50s and 60s. The people on them always look so jolly!

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  5. Wow...I'm so impressed that you still have all these fabulous cards. So much fun!

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  6. Your cards are so very precious. Seeing them brings back memories of those type of happy cards with bright cheery colors. My husband still has cards in a photo album and he has a dime card, too...filled with old dimes. My mother threw everything away. I have about 4 things from my childhood. But you've sure brought back some wonderful memories. We sent Christmas cards this year and have gotten quite a few in return. I hope you get more in the next few days! Holiday hugs!

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  7. Hi Pamela
    I did a post last week of our dwindling mail and the sky high price of stamps . It is crazy ! I still like sending and receiving cards in the mail . I love your Santa bag and the vintage cards . It has been raining here all day and now we are to be getting two ice storms over the weekend ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  8. Hi lovely lady.
    Your cards are so sweet and all my memories are coming back to me.. Thanks so much for sharing with me, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Holidays with your family.
    xxoo
    Diane

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  9. Pam, I can't believe you still have those cards from your childhood!! Wow! And I remember those stickers and the dime cards. I used to be SO excited to get one of those!!!! I'm not at all impressed with our postage going up, nor the loss of our door to door delivery. Change is not always good!!

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  10. What treasures those childhood cards are! I have some cards from my birth and christening, and they are such fun to look at - the old telegrams too!
    We get our mail at a rural, central mailbox. It is a trial in the winter because the locks freeze and it can be a few days wait to get mail if one doesn't have lock de-icer........then there's the area around it - the post office doesn't plow it, and neither does the municipality, so if it snows, it's a hike to the boxes. I am a little nostalgic for a real mailbox!

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  11. It seems we are thinking alike today, Pamela.
    Your holiday mail bag and the cards are so darn cute. I love them. I have a large stack of similar cards all purchased from antique stores. Yours are extra special because they have sentimental strings attached. I think it is so cute how you still have the dimes.
    It makes me sad to think of a day with no home mail delivery :(.
    Times change and I guess we are supposed to roll with the changes. That doesn't mean we have to like it though. HA!
    Wonderful post. So glad you shared your special cards with us.

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  12. And they dropped the sale of the P stamps too...that was dirty. No more snail mail for us if we can help it.

    Love your Christmas card collection, you have quite the variety.

    Jen

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  13. I love your sweet mail bag and cards, Pamela! They are true little treasures. I do have some vintage cards that I have picked up at flea markets and vintage stores and I have saved a lot of cards over the years, too, but none from my childhood. How sad that your mail delivery is going away. I have a post office box because we live so far from the mail pick-up. Times are a changing! Enjoy your weekend - hope it is relaxing. xo Karen

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  14. Oh my! What darling treasures you have saved. Yes, I have some vintage cards, but they were not sent to me! I always like those tall narrow cards...that was a cool design.

    Yikes! A dollar a stamp? Those prices will definitely suppress the market. I have heard rumors about neighborhood post boxes. I prefer my mail right at my home. (And I am using the postal service a lot more than I ever did before as a result of blogging.)

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  15. Pamela, those vintage Christmas cards are such a treasure! What a wonderful memory of days gone by. We here in rural BC have had community mailboxes for quite a few years already. I don't mind it anymore. It took some getting used to and a bit of a nuisance since it is about a mile away in the opposite direction of heading into town.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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  16. Amazing your collection of cards, and dime cards?? I don't remember them. We have been having a lot of snow also and I think rain on the way. Mailboxes, lets see when we lived in the rural we would replace our mailbox at least 14 times a winter, we got to the point where we got a stick and put it on a bucket and pushed it into the snow and brought it back in each evening so it didn't end up under the plough somewhere. I'm afraid that is it, doing away with.... getting rid of and replacing with email, sad when you think of it. $1.00 next year is a big jump

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  17. I suspect that US mail may go the way of Canada. So far I ha e received 3 Christmas cards this season and not sent any. Good intentions, though. Merry Christmas, Pamela.

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  18. Awe, so charming and sweet,,,Merry Christmas Blessings to you and yours Pamela~

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  19. How wonderful that you have these cards! I think my husband sent out four cards and we've received just a few. I suspect that hand delivered mail will soon be a thing of the past. Merry, merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  20. Now those cards are treasures. Love that you saved them! I am a "cardaholic!"

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  21. Beautiful cards!
    Our son is a letter carrier...so his work will be changing with the new system. He doesn't mind, but we can't help but think of all the seniors who will now have to trudge to the mailboxes in winter weather. More hip and knee fractures!
    Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  22. What a lovely post, I agree with you mailing Christmas cards are on the decline. I use to send out cards each Christmas, but do not now. I will send my holiday wishes to relative via my personal FB or if I see them in person over the holidays will give them their card directly. I had no idea that Canada Post was phasing out home delivery, I have it delivered to my door now.

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  23. Wonderful post! Look at those old cards! Beautiful. I still look for the cards this month but they are down even more from last year, We get more and more emailed, and I can see why with postage nearly 50 cents now --- but we still have a mailbox at the end of the driveway. My kids ten minutes from us have a mailbox by their door and a postman that walks through their neighborhood with a pack on his back. And, merry Christmas to you!

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  24. Pamela, what a great thing that you saved all those cards from your childhood. I have a few wedding cards and I have saved all cards that our grandson sent but that's it. I got out of the habit of sending Christmas cards a few years ago, so we only have a handful of hangers on that send to us now. Sad when you think about it. They are talking about giving up Saturday mail delivery here but haven't done it yet. Have a very Merry Christmas with your family and see you next year..Judy

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  25. Evening Pamela, We have received lots of Christmas cards from friends and family!! Postage has shot up in the UK this year, so I think next year it might just be a greeting through an email to friends!! They have also changed our deliveries now, the postman no longer can use a bicycle round here!!

    I am sorry to say I don't keep any cards I recycle them in the recycle card bins they have in some shops. It is lovely to see the ones that you have kept, I am sure some good memories for you.

    Wishing you and Murray a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful 2014!! Love Jackie and Phil in Surrey, UK.xx

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  26. I think you are right that the solid Christmas cards are not going to be around much longer. I never got around to it this year and was not up to it last year. The year before, I was so late, it was a New Year's card. I think I won't be sending out mass mailings as I used to do but just get in touch with people I don't see on facebook. We have a mailbox a lot like yours. I have tried to get off catalog lists so we get very little mail these days besides a Netflix or other junk.

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  27. Your vintage Christmas cards are lovely. Such memories. I have several cards I've kept - ones from my grandparents who are gone, and some great aunts who are likewise in heaven. I enjoy giving cards to friends, even if I don't mail them. I send e-cards, but a few hard copy cards to those who don't use email. Things are changing in the way we communicate, but the important thing is to keep on communicating. Merry Christmas to you and your husband, Pamela. We're back on the Island where there is no snow. It was lovely to see it on the mainland.

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  28. What a glorious feeling to look through all these vintage Christmas cards, Pamela, and remember people, places, situations, and feelings of that time! They just seem so much warmer than today's cards, don't they? You have a lovely collection and I enjoyed viewing them with you!

    I still write Christmas cards every year as it is a way for me to connect a little more closely with friends and family, just knowing that they will receive something that I have had in my home, that was sitting on my kitchen table; kind of makes me feel like they were here or I was there, and not so far away.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!

    xo
    Poppy

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  29. Oh, dear Pamela! You have such an enchanting collection of Christmas cards! I also love to look and read messages on cards I have received through the years. Keeping the tradition of handwritten cards alive depends on us, people, who find the time to make this simple thoughtful art of kindness. Wishing you and your family all the magic of a peaceful Christmas!

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  30. We've had the community group boxes for years and sometimes they get iced over so you have to wait a day or two to be able to get your compartment open.
    The $1 stamp for January really is atrocious, isn't it?
    I do have some childhood cards in an album but haven't pulled them out for a long time. Memories...sending and receiving cards. It's been on my mind about all the women like myself who like to make cards, will they continue if it's too costly to send them? I will, as the craft is relaxing and a friend is worth the price of a stamp.
    Judith

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  31. Love those old cards you saved, they're priceless. $1 for postage. OMG! I get out Christmas cards from years past since I don't normally get a ton of cards. It's fun to look back and remember. Can't get over all that snow you're getting. Stay warm.

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  32. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards and memories - you know I like this post!

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  34. I have a collection of old cards too! Such great keepsakes.
    Pamela, I want to wish you a happy holiday season. Best wishes!
    Donna :)

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  35. Oh, I love that you saved those cards!! That's so special :)
    Susan

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  36. Ahh..Such dear cards and memories.. So sweet..
    Hope you are keeping snug and warm in this storm. xo

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  37. I love that you saved all those cards ~ sweet memories! We have been getting lots of snow and I hope we don't get the freezing rain.

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Carolyn

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  38. I'm thinking that this is the last year that I will send Christmas cards. I cannot afford to spend $40 or $50 just sending out cards! I am really disappointed in our mail system, but I know change is inevitable.
    Your old cards are fabulous!!! I have some of my moms that I inherited, but I can't seem to find them this year. I just remember where I put them for safe keeping. I'm good at that!
    Merry Christmas!!!

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  39. oh, yes, our post office loses billions every year...and they were going to stop saturday delivery until there was quite an uproar! but i thinks it's inevitable...they will be going the way of the horse & carriage and the typewriter sooner than later. more 21st century changes, i suppose...
    your collection is fabulous!

    MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!!!

    m ^..^

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  40. The number of cards we get has decreased the past couple of years. For a lot of people, I think it's easier to send an email or text message even though they aren't as personal. That's the way things are moving.

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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  41. Pamela, your vintage Christmas cards are just precious! What wonderful keepsakes from your childhood. I have only the one from my grandparents and I treasure it. Yes, the Christmas cards are dying out. I used to send out over forty and now I'm down to about twelve. Next year, who knows?
    My hubby is glad he's at the back end of his career with Canada Post. He's not happy about the changes either but he could see it coming.

    Thank you for your visits, your comments, and your participation in my parties over the past year. It is always lovely when you can join me! I wish you and your loved ones a Blessed Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  42. Treasured keepsakes...for sure! I so enjoy receiving cards in the mail at this time of year...such a nice treat, instead from the usual business mail. Love your mailbox photo!

    Blessings to you and yours. May you have a joy-filled Christmas.

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  43. Vintage cards! Wow!! Those would make a nice display!

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