Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are a tradition at Linderhof. Boxes and boxes of Christmas cards. A sunny December afternoon in the breakfast room with a mug of cocoa as I address cards, write short notes in some of them and leave others for long letters which I'll do later.

Carols playing softly in the background. Julie Andrews, Kings College Choir, Kings Singers are favorites. I often sing along softly with the carols of Christmas.

Some friends are Christmas friends but we've kept in touch for 40 plus years watching children grow up and grandchildren arrive. Changes in employment and finally retirement. Others are far off friends that we write monthly but we still like to remember them at Christmas.

I usually get my cards in after Christmas sales and I like pretty ones with a short message (for there's more space for writing). No funny ones for us.

Christmas cards -- a time when you keep in touch with those both near and far.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, I kinda guessed you'd be a Christmas card person. You are a study in a gracious, well-lived life.

Taste the Rainbow said...


I wrote out my Christmas cards yesterday as well.

It's a nice tradition here as well.


La Bella Cooks said...

I always find it a peaceful process to sit and write out our Christmas cards. Which reminds me, I need to get moving on mine!

Becky said...

Martha, you describe the Christmas card experience so perfectly. I love sending out Christmas cards and usually start working on them Thanksgiving weekend. I am behind! Monday I should be able to go out shopping for cards. Normally it's a family affair for the girls and me. I write the notes; then the girls address the cards, put on stamps and seal the envelopes. It's such a special time for us. And I so enjoy keeping in touch with old friends and distant relatives at this time of year.