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Traditional or modern cards and tree this Christmas?

 
2uesday
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on 12/14/2012

This  thought was sparked off by Jerrico's Christmas electric lights comment. 

When you are preparing for Christmas are you attracted by the traditional in the Christmas cards you buy or do you prefer something modern looking?  

The same really when it comes to decorating the house what is your choice a real tree or artificial and modern or traditional  decorating style?  

I have to confess although I prefer a real tree the one I have is not, it is a good looking fake. My reasons are based on the pine needles still appearing from the carpet in June, allergies and central heating making the needles drop.

With Christmas cards and decorations, I think I may have just got to the stage where you hanker after traditional things at Christmas.

Oddly each year when the Christmas cards arrive there seems to be a theme going on. For example one year a lot of robin Christmas cards landed on the door mat.  Another year they were all very modern designs and bright colors. This year there is a very traditional almost old fashioned look to them. Lots have a Santa or Christmas tree on the front and many have a good sprinkling of white iridescent sparkle. Do the cards sent reflect the mood of the 'year'  in being optimistic or hankering for the past? 

I have asked myself about this - is everyone sending a card on a theme to do with the choices they make at the point of purchase or to do with a decision made by the Christmas card designers and buyers?

Not sure about which it is but if it is the customers' decision and not just buying what is available, my friends are hankering after traditional this year. I know some would say I am over thinking this.  Laughing 

 

BrendaReeves
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on 12/14/2012

Welcome to the club of over thinkers. This is one I haven't really thought about, and here you go and get me started. lol I don't decorate for Christmas anymore. I would love to if someone would help me put the decorations up AND take them down. I like traditional decorations, and I've always liked funny or whimsical cards. This could be a generational thing, but what's traditional for one generation isn't for another. It's always evolving.


Brenda Reeves
2uesday
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on 12/14/2012

I am laughing Brenda, because I must have always belonged to this club and it took one of my kids to point it out to me. At least now I am aware of it but it is really difficult to stop doing it.

BrendaReeves
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on 12/14/2012

Tuesday, my daughter gets very annoyed with me, because I have to analyze everything. She saw me reading the book, "Women Who Think Too Much" and said, "Oh my God! That's you!"

I send out ecards simply because I'll never get them out if I have to go to the store, buy stamps and walk out to my mailbox at the curb to mail it.

Yes, I know, I'm lazy.


Brenda Reeves
BrendaReeves
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on 12/14/2012

P.S. I can't stop either and have no desire to.


Brenda Reeves
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on 12/14/2012

I quit sending Christmas cards in the 80s.  I think it had to do with seeing most of these people on an everyday basis, and it was more practical to wish them good holiday cheer in person.  Plus the fact that postage was going up.  In the 90s, I had jobs that required me to work holidays, and I was never home.    

My husband is totally into Christmas, so this year, I sat back and got a kick out watching him decorate the tree and put up the lights.

Let's see if he manages to take everything down and put them away so that we can find them next year!

There is nothing wrong with analyzing things to death.  There is such a thing as covering all your bases before making a decision.  But what I can't stand are the people who waffle.

 

dustytoes
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on 12/15/2012

I only sent 2 cards and they were artsy and bought at a local shop but had traditional images.  I like the traditional snow, sleds, trees type or else ones with a Christian message - after all it is Christmas!

I also would not decorate much (I have drastically cut down already) if not for my son still living at home.  He likes the whole "tree with presents" on Christmas morning.  When he moves out I will have my one, fake, pre-lit tree up and that is it!

I hear ya Brenda.....Except for my kids (when they were little) hanging some ornaments, I have always decorated and undecorated by myself.  Cleaned up the pine needles and filled the holder with water daily.  Bought, wrapped and hid all the gifts, made the cookies, planned the parties, took the photos, played Santa Christmas eve, and generally killed myself to make the holidays nice for everyone else.  It's why I really want nothing to do with it any more - ! Undecided Bah humbug.


2uesday
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on 12/15/2012

I am really trying to get into the swing of Christmas this year, but I am finding it difficult as so much has changed in the last five years. That might be where the looking at and for the traditional is coming from I might be looking for an idealized version of a Christmas past.  

The cost of postage here has resulted in receiving cards with a message saying, this is the last year we are sending cards out and you can understand why.

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