25 Days of Christmas – Day 22

I have a wonderful memory of my grandparents – Nana and Pop-pop – at Christmastime. They would hang up all the Christmas cards they received from family and friends on a chain of garland strung around the living room.

They had many cards each year – a real testament to how loved they were.

My wife and I started a similar tradition in our home in Mayville, Wisconsin. We hung all the cards we received on the wall of our kitchen. But that was a tradition that faded away after we moved.

This year, we are receiving less Christmas cards than in years past and more e-cards and Christmas letters via e-mail. In fact, this year, we elected to send our own Christmas letter via email.

Christmas cards are a long-standing tradition of Christmas that has adapted well to modern technology. Like listening to the radio play of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on an iPod and watching A Charlie Brown Christmas on a smartphone.

Christmas is something that transcends time – it is a holiday rooted in the past and is not limited by time at all.

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