For someone who makes cards and other papercrafts for not only fun, but also as a business, I am notoriously late at getting my own cards in the mail. It’s no-one’s fault but my own and I apologize that those of you on my list to receive cards will most likely be getting them after Christmas. I’m not sure why i just don’t do Happy New Year’s Cards instead….but I’d probably put off getting those in the mail too.
Today, I wanted to share with you an interesting post by Karla Sullivan on her blog Lifetime Chicago. I’ve never met her and I’m not sure how I found her blog online, but she lives in the Chicago area and often writes bits and bobs about Chicago history. This is just a little bit fascinating to me as both my parents (and grandparents) were born and raised in Chicago, so it gives me a little insight into what their lives were like and things that went on around them. Earlier in December, Karla posted about greeting cards, how they came about and evolved into the card-making business it is today. If you are a card maker like me, It’s worth a quick read and you can find it HERE. There are quite a few interesting facts – Who is considered the Father for the American Christmas Card? In what year did the first Christmas card Postage stamp appear? And the first cards were not even cards (as we know them now)…they were post cards.
But it’s the last paragraph she wrote (and the last line!) that sums it up so nicely: “The nostalgia felt by opening a card can erase years. Touching one of a kind handmade Christmas card originals are just as valuable as any retail form. Last year over 2 billion cards hit mailboxes ahead of the 50 million sent email versions. Spread some Christmas Cheer, it’s safely contagious!”
So I’m off to spread some Christmas Cheer….with this handmade card (which went in the mail yesterday:
It sums up how I want my Christmas to begin and the year to end: All is Calm, All is Bright.
I hope your Christmas this year is calm and that our New Year will be bright with possibilities of better things to come.
For a FREE tutorial for this card along with the products used click here: Sweetest Time Christmas 2020