Christmas is a week away. And Christmas was yesterday. At least that’s how it feels. 2020 has been many things, but boring is not one of them. The pandemic has brought out the best and worst in people. We don’t have to go back too many generations to get to ancestors who lived before cars, airplanes, and the internet. They sometimes lived cities, states, and even oceans away from other family members. Letters took weeks and sometimes months to get from one household to another. People would occupy themselves with growing food, working, maintaining households, looking after children, conversing, doing handicrafts, etc while waiting to hear news from loves ones. I can’t help but wonder what they would think of us today.
While these distant relatives may have lacked many of the creature comforts and conveniences technology offers us today, they did have one magical thing: pop-up cards.