Hadley Hall wins the prestigious spot above our door again this year. My husband’s family has this long running tradition of putting the first Christmas card received over the main door to the house. The card is placed above the door and remains there until next year. So each year, it is a race to the mail box the day after Thanksgiving to see who won and gets their card displayed for the entire year. Our sons loved this tradition growing up and wanted to be the one to check the mail box and place the card above the door. They are 18 & 19 and mostly out of the house working and attending college but they still check-in to see who won. There are only four rules: 1) the card must be mailed by the regular post office (sorry no hand delivered or electronic cards in this race!), 2) the card cannot arrive before Thanksgiving or you’re disqualified, 3) if more than one card is received on the first “mail” day after Thanksgiving then you must determine the winner by the date stamp – the earliest stamp wins, and 4) the card must go above the main door to the house that gets used most often – so everyone visiting will see the card when they leave your home. Timing is the essence, if you mail too early you’re probably disqualified as the card arrived before Thanksgiving. If you mail the card late more than likely you didn’t win. The date to hit is the day after Thanksgiving and Hadley gets it right each year. We have been displaying his cards for the last 12 years, and not just at our house, but he wins the prominent spot at other family member’s houses as well. Even though all the other cards we receive don’t get the spot above the door we still display them all on our wall of cards until January 1st. Hadley’s card; however, will remain above the door for 365 days. I love it when we get visitors during the year and they don’t know the tradition and ask why there is a Christmas card above the door in the middle of July. Hadley loves it too!
I hope your family has traditions and you carry them on for generations. Please share, I’d love to hear your traditions!