YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsChristmas Cards

Christmas Cards

December 25, 1991 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Barbie Ludovise's column appears Wednesday and Sunday
I could blame it on the U.S. Postal Service, or my personal secretary (if I had one), but I'll confess: I have yet to send out the last of my Christmas cards. So, in the name of saving myself money, and a lot of icky envelope licking, here's a few final Christmas greetings to those who make this job interesting.
December 24, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped short of giving sports fans his Christmas present to the world, but he did deliver some comic relief in producing a Twitter post photo montage he described as his “Christmas card to the world.” Four photos show Mayweather holding up a wad of cash, telling Manny Pacquiao, “I'll pay you $40 million to fight,” followed by Pacquiao replying, “No way. You're crazy. 50/50 or nothing,” with another photo showing the Filipino star flattened face first on the canvas after his December 2012 loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
October 10, 1995 | JEFF BEAN
Christmas greeting cards are being sold at two South County libraries to help 20 charitable groups, including the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia Research Foundation. Known as Cards That Care, the annual program helps service organizations raise money through card sales. The cards are on display at county libraries in San Juan Capistrano, 31441 El Camino Real, and Dana Point, 33841 Niguel Road. The cards can be ordered through Nov. 30 in San Juan Capistrano and through Oct.
December 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The Kardashian Christmas card for 2013 is, in a word, weird. And that's weird relative to Kardashian Christmas cards from other years , which haven't exactly been fraught with holiday spirit. Weird in its surreal nature. Weird in its complete lack of Christmas sentiment, or sentiment of any other holiday, excepting perhaps a twisted, neon-filled New Year's Eve. Weird in that most of the guys in the family are missing, except for one boy child, Mason, and one man, Bruce Jenner, who's conveniently trapped in a narrow glass tube, desperately reaching for one of his Olympic medals.
Americans will mail an estimated 2.6 billion holiday greeting cards to friends and loved ones this month. Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion in the United States and, except for the U.S. Postal Service, card maker Hallmark touches more of them than anyone else. The Kansas City, Mo.-based company figures the average American household will send and receive 28 Christmas cards.
The Greeting Card Assn. says the trend is to traditional cards--red and green, nostalgic, country, Victorian and religious--and there certainly are more cards available in this spirit than any others. But if you're asking what's really new, it's a sour note adding dissonance to the Christmas-card carol. This year, politics, obscenity, meanness and general tastelessness are stronger than ever.
May 31, 1985
The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Louis O. Giuffrida, improperly used his free mail privilege to send Christmas cards last year to members of Congress, a General Accounting Office report said. "We think the holiday greeting letter was a violation of our long-standing rule against sending Christmas cards with appropriated funds, and consequently an improper use of (franked) mail," said the report, sent to Rep. Fortney H. (Pete) Stark Jr. (D-Oakland).
December 16, 1990 | United Press International
President and Mrs. Bush are mailing 145,000 Christmas cards featuring a watercolor reproduction of the decorated Oval Office, with all costs paid for by the Republican National Committee. New York interior designer Mark Hampton did the artwork.
December 15, 1990
More than 5,000 unused Christmas cards have been donated this season to youth detention facilities in Chino and Whittier by members of several Southland churches. Charles Richey, who began the program in 1987, said that donating greeting cards to inmates encourages them to keep in touch with family and friends. Cards are also being collected by Church Growth Investors in Glendora for women inmates at the California Institution for Women in Frontera, Richey said.
November 28, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Khloe Kardashian spilled the dish on the Kardashian Christmas card Wednesday, telling Ellen DeGeneres that yes, some members of the family are indeed Photoshopped in, given the difficulty of getting them all in one place at the same time. "We pretend that we're always together," Kardashian said. "The power of cameras and Photoshop. " They do, however, all get together for Christmas itself.  In 2010, Lamar Odom was edited into the card, because he was on the road for an NBA game when the vignette was snapped.
February 21, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — If reliever LaTroy Hawkins picked an entry song that truly reflected his baseball career, it would be Johnny Cash's tune, "I've Been Everywhere. " The 39-year-old right-hander is now in camp with the Angels, his ninth team in 10 years. After eight seasons in Minnesota, Hawkins moved to Chicago (Cubs), San Francisco, Baltimore, Colorado, New York (Yankees), Houston, Milwaukee and now Anaheim, where he is expected to be an important bullpen piece after signing a one-year, $3-million deal in December.
December 25, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times television critic
Christmas cards, Christmas dinner, "A Christmas Carol" ? the United States has borrowed many of its holiday traditions from its imperialistic progenitor across the pond. But while Christmas crackers and mince pies show up regularly if not universally, Americans have not embraced one of the British mainstays: Christmas Day television. In Britain, TV is all about Christmas, and vice versa, for much of December, including specials (and, of course, the Queen's Speech) on the feast day proper.
December 9, 2010 | By Sandra M. Jones
If it seems like you're getting fewer holiday cards this year, don't worry. Chances are it has nothing to do with your popularity. The practice of sending Christmas cards is fading, collateral damage of the digital age. After experiencing slowing growth since 2005, Christmas card sales declined in 2009. While the drop was slight, 0.4%, according to research firm Mintel International Group, evidence is building that the next generation of correspondents is unlikely to carry on the tradition with the same devotion as their parents.
December 4, 2010 | Chris Erskine
From what I've been able to glean, Christmas is just around the corner. The media treat it like Allied troops landing on the beach in France. Our family treats it as something far more substantial. Party invites have started arriving, and the other day ? Thanksgiving, in fact ? we took a photo of the kids to insert into the Christmas cards. My wife, Posh, approaches the Christmas card photo like a Vogue editor perusing the perfect cover. She once flew the whole bunch of them to Paris for the right Christmas shot.
December 22, 2009 | By Jocelyn Y. Stewart
Each night for 25 years my dad drove the streets of this city with more than 300 newspapers packed in his car. While most people slept, he delivered papers in housing projects and to homes in areas of the city some would be nervous to visit. These days my dad, Simeon Stewart, is an alumnus of a fading fraternity: the home newspaper carrier. Technically he never worked for the Los Angeles Times; he worked all those years for Mr. Norman Wilson Sr., who held a contract to deliver The Times in South Los Angeles and had a crew of men to do it. Like my dad, most of them were African Americans with wives and families and mortgages.
December 23, 1992 | United Press International
Chinese caught up in crazes of Westernization and consumerism are blindly snapping up millions of Christmas cards for friends and relatives who have little or no idea what the holiday means. Door-to-door Christmas card salesmen are helping companies sell tens of thousands per day.
November 29, 1998 | BARBARA THOMAS
If you've got a 3-year-old out there who isn't pulling his weight, try Fisher-Price's Little People Christmas Activity Center. Using one of two CD-ROMs, kids can make Christmas cards, gift tags, wrapping paper and decorations. If you're one of those softy parents, you can let them listen to carols and play with stickers while they work. A Santa and elves toy will help set the stage for a "user-friendly" home workshop. (Suggested retail price: $29.99.)
August 18, 2009 | Andrea Chang
With only 129 shopping days left until Christmas, the Sears and Kmart chains are trying to entice customers to start saving for the holidays early with a Christmas Club card program. Shoppers who join the program can add money on a regular basis to their cards and receive a 3% reward, up to a $100 value, based on the value of the balance Nov. 14. The card is free, available in stores and online and must be activated by Oct. 31 to be eligible for the 3% reward. Shoppers will need a minimum balance of $5 to use their cards.
December 24, 2005 | MEGHAN DAUM
MY FRIENDS ARE so attractive I can barely stand it. Look at them on their Christmas cards! Bright-eyed, jovial and immaculately groomed beneath their Santa hats, they are living tributes to bourgeois family ideals. And that's just the pets. The humans -- adults and children alike -- are downright cinematic. With today's technology, everyone can be Photoshopped to chiaroscurist perfection. Suddenly, we are all strong jawed, smooth skinned and gloriously angular.
Los Angeles Times Articles