Monday, December 2, 2013

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2013 – Christmas Cards

This is part of the "Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories" by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers. If you'd like to join in the fun, just click HERE.

December 2 - Christmas Cards

Do you still send Christmas cards or has electronic communication taken the place of this tradition? Do you remember sending Christmas cards as a child – making a list, sending out your family’s cards and then checking the mailbox for cards sent to your family? How did your family display the cards?

Write about anything related to Christmas cards and your memories of Christmases past.

A Swedish Christmas Card Found in Ingrid Gillberg's Book of Remembrance

I found this Christmas card in one of my Grandma Ingrid's Books of Remembrance. Isn't it precious? Unfortunately, I don't know the history of the card. And I can't see the back of it since it's pasted onto one of the pages of the book.

My Grandma Ingrid's parents, Carl and Hilda Gillberg, were born in Sweden and immigrated to the United States in 1909 and 1910 respectively.

If you look closely, you will see the words "God Jul!" written in the middle of the card. That's Swedish for "Merry Christmas!"

At this special time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I'd like to wish each of you a very " God Jul!"

Thanks for reading!


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  1. The fact that it's a Swedish card makes this one extra special.

    1. Thank you Wendy! Yes, I agree with you. It is a very special card. And I'm so happy that my Grandma Ingrid included it in one of her Books of Remembrance. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. That's a charming card. Not something you'd see at Hallmark today.

    1. Yep! I agree with you. It's definitely not something we'd see at Hallmark today. I wonder where my Grandma Ingrid got this card. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. My parents (or rather my mother) always sent out Christmas cards and kept it up all these years. As this will be the first year without her, I'm dreading receiving cards from people who don't know she's passed away. I will continue her tradition and send them a note back notifying them of her passing. It's going to be a tough but the least I can do to complete the circle.

    1. Oh Debi! I'm so sorry! Those "firsts" (first birthday, first Christmas, etc.) during that first year after our loved ones pass away can be very difficult. May our Heavenly Father's peace and comfort be with you and your family.




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