It’s that time of year…

…for Christmas cards and holiday cards. Did you know that:

Americans send 1.6 billion holiday cards annually.
Women purchase an estimated 80% of all greeting cards.
E-cards have become an environmentally friendly alternative to paper cards.
Christmas cards originated in London, where Sir Henry Cole commissioned the first in 1843.
Two batches totaling 2,050 cards were printed and sold that year for a shilling each.
Despite the separation of church and state, it’s customary for the President and First Lady to send White House Christmas cards each holiday season.
Calvin Coolidge issued the first official Christmas message to the American people in 1927.

So whose on your Christmas card list? The friendly folks at Grammarly have put together a fun infographic to help you figure out who should get a card. Enjoy!

Holiday Card Flow Chart Infographic2

Do you send Christmas cards or holiday cards?

Mae Clair: A Thanksgiving Wish Past & Present

A brief post to wish all those in America, a Happy Thanksgiving!

Although these photos were taken long before I was born, Italian families were notorious for “the more, the merrier” over the holidays. The gathering spot was usually the kitchen (although Thanksgiving dinner was served in the dining room). The more family and friends you crammed into the space, the greater the laughter and togetherness.

I loved the sense of celebration in these old family photos. Although I believe they were taken on a Christmas Eve, I thought they beautifully reflected the joy of a family gathering.

To all my new friends, writers, readers and bloggers, you’ve been a blessing to me this past year. I wish you all a Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and good cheer!