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You would just not believe how much Christmas-related stuff I have. Even though we lost some ornaments in Ike - some from water damage, and some because the boxes they were in got knocked over and things broke - I still had plenty of ornaments for our (very skinny) six-foot tall tree. And I'm not sure but what there are still some more ornaments in some box somewhere that we haven't found. And I have lots of other stuff besides ornaments - I filled a whole good-size box with just Christmas CDs, and there are various candles and decorations and I don't even know what all kinds of crap. I like Christmas, can you tell? (Even though I'm not at all religious and occasionally get all weirded out by the religious aspects, I still kind of love it. It's what I was brought up with.)

So at some point while I was digging through all these boxes last week, I found a box with a bunch of old leftover cards from various years. This is the oldest one:

Christmas cards past

The scan sort of makes it look like it's a hand-made kind of a card - it's not. It's, like, a photo of a hand-made card, or something. It's not a card that has aged all that well, in my opinion.

Then there's this one:

Christmas cards past

I have several like this left, because I've spent the last few years thinking I didn't really like it very much. On the other hand, it's not all that bad, I really overthink this sometimes!

One year I found this postcard, which I really liked:

Christmas cards past

The one below is one of my favorites in recent years, but the scan really doesn't do it justice at all:

Christmas cards past

I've been trying to get away from cards that say "Merry Christmas" - not being of a religious persuasion, as I said above - but somehow I end up buying some practically every year that say it just the same. Part of me would like just to send New Year cards and get away from "the holidays" bit completely, but those are hard to find unless you make them yourself. (Which I keep saying I'm going to do, but it never quite happens, so far. And I bought another 40 cards for next year, today, so it's probably not happening so much next year, either.)

Date: 2009-12-27 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anjea.livejournal.com
I have a metric ton of Christmas stuff too, and I don't consider Christmas a religious holiday. I've argued for a long time that it's a very cultural holiday in the U.S., especially since that vast majority of the things we associate with Christmas have nothing to do with Christianity but rather tradition, commercialism, and Paganism.

I look for cards that are blank inside. Those can be hard to find, too, but it's probably easier than finding NY cards!

Date: 2009-12-28 09:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
I have traditionally argued that Christmas is essentially a secular holiday, but I think the "Put Christ back in Christmas" crowd is causing me to lose ground with this argument.

Date: 2009-12-27 07:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] platypus
I like the second card -- it's charmingly retro!

Date: 2009-12-28 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Yeah, I think that's what I thought when I bought it - I don't know why I decided later that I hated it. You know how you stare at something too long sometimes and it starts looking completely different? That's apparently what I do with these cards.

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