Christmas Cards of Older Days


Brumley Christmas Wreath

Christmas Cards of older days were sent out to family and friends just like we do now. They have changed quite a bit from the turn of the century and they cost more money to buy and to send. The sentiment, however, is the same, wishing our friends and family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

My grandmother, Nellie Opal Sells Brumley saved three Christmas cards that meant a lot to her and was passed down from my mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik. Two are in postcard form and one is a small Christmas card. They are a little dirty and rough around the edges but they are a treasure none the less.

Vintage Christmas Card 1

I use to send out Christmas cards every year to my family and friends for decades. It was like a ritual one did every year. I watched my mother send out cards and sometimes letters every year she was alive. She had group lists, one for my father’s WWII buddies, one for relatives and one for friends we didn’t get to see very often. As Christmas cards arrived at our house my mother would collect them in a basket so she could reread the cards and letters and to save them until the following year.

For me, it was catching up with my friends I have known since grade school. We would send pictures of our children at every age each year. I would write a brief letter about my happenings and talk about future plans.

1916 Christmas card
Christmas Card dated December 21, 1916

Then one day the computer came along and the United States Postal Service raised our stamp to send a card or letter. This made it hard to send out Christmas cards to several friends and relatives. So that brings us to today, now we text message Merry Christmas to family and friends, but it just doesn’t have the same warm and cozy feeling.

Vintage Christmas Card 2
Sent to Nellie Opal Sells Brumley in 1915 by John Leo Brumley

I have friends who do still mail cards, some cards are even handmade which makes it even more special to receive in the mail. Don’t get me wrong I love the internet world, I’d rather type on a laptop any day then to go back to a regular typewriter. It just feels good to receive a card in the mail that someone took the time to pick out for you or to make for you.

I have started up my Brumley Family Branches Genealogy blog again and have updated some of my favorite posts. Please feel free to share this post with family and friends. If you have questions or wish to add any new information please email me.

ALERT: I apologize for not having fresh posts on my blog recently, I had a computer glitch this past week that took some time to straighten out. Thank you for your patience.




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