Holiday Postal Traditions: A Slice of Life Story

2 Dec

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My goal the week after Thanksgiving is to get the Christmas cards and packages in the mail. All of my family lives in Canada so packages must be mailed by December 10th, accruing ti USPS, but I like things to have time to sit under the tree. We have had years of packages arriving at the last possible moment and that os stressful for the sender.

Yesterday, I mailed off the first packages. I knit socks for my dad & a hat and mittens for my mother. I also sent a package to an online friend in England, who is part of my wider basset hound community. Right now the basset community is going crazy over red trapper hats from Target. Morse the basset doesn’t know this is coming, but I can picture him walking across the fields of  Devon wearing it.

My wackiest holiday postal tradition is the Daily Drool Howliday Card Exchange. Every year the Daily Drool, an online basset list serve, organizes a card exchange. everyone creates a holiday card with their bassets in it. You sign up for on of three lists (full, medium or short) and the are sent a pdf of ready to print  Avery 5160 labels with the names and addresses of the other participants. every year, I get around 100 basset themed holiday cards and decorate my house with them.

What is your wackiest holiday tradition?

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5 Responses to “Holiday Postal Traditions: A Slice of Life Story”

  1. Dana Murphy December 2, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    That is such a fun tradition! It’s amazing to me how easy it is to find a community of like-minded people nowadays. I don’t have any wacky traditions, really. But when I was a little girl, my mom used to wrap the garland around her neck and do an Elvis impersonation while we decorated the tree. That’s kinda wacky, no?

  2. arjeha December 2, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    What a neat tradition. One we have, although I don’t know if it qualifies as wacky, is that each year on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day, my wife and I leave our shoes out the night before in the hopes that St. Nicholas will put a little something in them. He has for 33 years and I am hoping this will be year 34.

  3. Holly Mueller December 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    How funny and cute – a Daily Drool Howliday Card Exchange!! I’d love to see pictures of the cards! I don’t think I have a wacky tradition. Now I feel like I need to get one! 😉

  4. Tara Smith December 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    Being part of a Daily Drool Howliday Card Exchange would make me smile all December long – what a happy idea!

  5. K. Renae P. December 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I love the idea of a Daily Drool Howliday Card! What a fun online community. I hope you will share some of the cards.

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