A Diminishing Christmas List

@JudyEv (156688)
Bunbury, Australia
December 6, 2016 7:23am CST
Alfredo (@amadeo) wrote recently about sending out his Christmas cards. I have almost finished mine. On various pieces of paper I have lists going back to 1990 of people I've sent cards to each Christmas. I thought it would be interesting to check what changes have occurred since my earliest list. I know we have lost quite a few friends in the intervening years. So in 1990 I sent out 45 cards. Most were to couples and a few to singles. Five couples have all passed on since that time and another twelve have lost spouses. We have lost touch with five couples/singles. This year I will send out 37 cards so somewhere along the way we've picked up some 'new' friends or contacts. It is sobering to find that each year another name or two drops off the list.
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@Morleyhunt (19855)
• Canada
6 Dec 16
I send out very few Christmas cards.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
Every family has its own traditions. I thought about stopping it once but with some it's the only time we touch base with each other.
@Morleyhunt (19855)
• Canada
7 Dec 16
@JudyEv for many years we didn't celebrate Christmas...long story....so we lost contact with a lot of people.....as a result I simply don't remember to send out cards to anyone other than close family and friends.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec 16
@Morleyhunt I remember about your parents - or was it just your Dad? Doesn't matter. Once the practice stops I can understand it not starting up again.
• Agra, India
6 Dec 16
I think sending Christmas cards is very important part of the Christmas in your country
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
I think you are right. Most people seem to send at least some.
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• Agra, India
7 Dec 16
@JudyEv this is great
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@shaggin (43280)
• United States
6 Dec 16
When my kids were little I sent out Christmas cards to my family and friends usually around 50. I would put a photo of my children in the card. I haven't done that in a few years though. I only receive about 2 cards at Christmas time now.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
We used to do this too. One year we bought cards where you could slip a photo in as the front of the card. They were nice.
@DianneN (109851)
• United States
6 Dec 16
I know what you mean. My son needed addresses from us for his SAVE the DATE cards for his wedding. I couldn't believe the number of friends and family we've lost over the years.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
Going through a list such as a Christmas card list really brings it home to you just how many have passed away.
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• United States
6 Dec 16
I used to send out over 50 cards but I've cut that down considerably! And no more long notes in cards, especially for those I keep up with on Face book.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
I suppose once a card was possibly the only contact through the year. With FB, I guess people might be in touch constantly so a card seems unnecessary. There are 6 or 8 that I include a letter with the card. The rest might or might not get a few sentences in the card itself.
• United States
7 Dec 16
@JudyEv I have cheated the last two years..I do photo cards so not need for notes. Some of these people I've sent to and received cards from since the early 70's...we've already said enough LOL
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec 16
@AbbyGreenhill We took a family photo once to put in Christmas cards. We had to get the film developed so it all happened earlier in the year and we're all in lovely warm clothing - and our Christmas is usually stinking hot - not that it mattered. Just seemed strange once we actually got to send them out.
@Jessicalynnt (47868)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 16
I have one more sitting here that I need to send, but I gotta hit the post office today and get a overseas stamp.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec 16
Mine are getting posted today. One friend said last year that this year she's happy to get an email message so I still have to do that - and have to try not to forget to do it.
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• Centralia, Missouri
11 Dec 16
@JudyEv go do it now!
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Dec 16
@Jessicalynnt I'll do it in a minute!
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@Inlemay (17250)
• South Africa
7 Dec 16
Mine are posted and the hand delivered ones - I have two left.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec 16
You're doing well. I've finished mine now and will post them tomorrow.
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@FayeHazel (26071)
• United States
7 Dec 16
I know, sort of sad, isn't it? I know my list is way down
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec 16
It is a bit sad. Each year there is one or two less.
@andriaperry (72775)
• Anniston, Alabama
7 Dec 16
I have to say that this year I cannot do the cards, I have to much to do with taking care of Tony.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec 16
We do what we can. I'm sure people will understand.
@Jackalyn (7416)
• Oxford, England
6 Dec 16
Cards have become less popular ober the years. I am going to be late with mine unless I send them from here at my daughters.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
I haven't really noticed much of a drop-off but I don't know if younger marrieds are picking up the idea.
@PatZAnthony (13499)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
6 Dec 16
The list of people we know our own age is getting smaller. Younger ones are also passing. Sad. Some of our 80 and 90 something friends are doing well...we just never know.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
And when one does go it never seems to be the one you expect. It makes you wonder who is going to be next.
@much2say (42703)
• United States
6 Dec 16
I haven't been good about sending out cards in years, but I know what you mean about the list. There is an email list for the group of skaters I used to see all the time . . . but back then the group was mostly senior friends . . . and with it being nearly 20 years later now, many have passed away in recent years.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
We were married in 1971 so in the twenty years to 1990 there would have been even more pass away.
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@Corbin5 (134815)
• United States
6 Dec 16
For years I sent so many Christmas cards. Now, just a few.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
Yes, it changes over time doesn't it?
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@amadeo (87586)
• United States
6 Dec 16
Good for you.Yes,things quiet down on the card every year.Then the list get shorten
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
There have been quite a few pass away this year.
@snowy22315 (62936)
• United States
6 Dec 16
I usually only send cards to those who send them to me
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
I do too but I don't wait to receive one before I send one. If someone misses two years in a row I usually stop sending at that point. Occasionally a card comes back and you lost touch, not knowing the address.
@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
6 Dec 16
I find it interesting that people obviously sent cards addressed to myself and my husband Jamie. Now he is no longer with us the cards are addressed to me and my son. I think it is lovely that they are now including him since he lost his Dad. I also notice that most people send cards online these days
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
It is nice that they include your son. Our cards are mostly to older people who haven't converted to ecards yet - and probably won't.
@Kandae11 (40211)
6 Dec 16
The passage of time does take its toll.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
That's very true. Even more would have passed on if I had a list from when we were first married.
@LoriAMoore (4666)
• United States
6 Dec 16
My mom used to keep a list of who she sent to and who she received from.
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@JudyEv (156688)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 16
I don't keep a list of cards I've received but I do keep the cards a year then I get rid of them.
@just4him (145025)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Dec 16
Yes, it is sad. My family has diminished from six to three with my brother and parents passing since 2014. I still have a couple friends I still send cards to, but I wonder for how much longer. Both are in bad health. This year my list expanded to some special 'Friends' and was very happy to send out all those cards.
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• United States
7 Dec 16
i love yer pic, those're jest so cute. but, to the soberin' side 'f this discussion... 't seems that such's occurred here'n my end's well, though i'd ne'er that many folks i sent cards to coz i jest dunno that many. most 'f those that i did make certain got one annually though 've left this earth. big hugs!