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Christmas Cards have always been an important part of our families' holiday celebration as long as I can remember, which is quite a few years. Today, I'd like to share an early recollection, and share a photo scan, of what I believe to be the first 'Annual Christmas Letter' of which I became aware.
Growing up on the farm, in west-central Iowa, we had two couples, aunts and uncles, one on each side of my mother's family, that lived in Des Moines, and we thought of them as 'the city folks." One was an Insurance company executive, an 'actuary' and the other owned his own business (note how I only talk of the role of the 'man' of the family - how things have changed!). In 1966, the latter, the Keck family, sent a three-fold letter, personally typed and illustrated, printed at a printer. This photo image is one side. Note the 'Airstream' trailer, their trademark, and the 'family history' tidbit on the left. A neat note about their family. Many of us have been trying to do this, now, ourselves, for many years. Are you sending an Annual Letter this year? I'm sure we will, again.... ;-)
Families are Forever! ;-)