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December 5, 2013

Santa skips the sleigh

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It’s all decorated for the holidays, as well, and the Peabody High School Chorale will provide carols to maintain the holiday atmosphere. Admission is free on this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. If your holiday spending urge still isn’t satisfied once you’ve gone, the farm store is open from the 1 to 3 p.m.

Greetings

For that matter, greeting cards, which are currently the subject of an exhibit at the Peabody Historical Society’s Cassidy Museum and Gideon Foster House on Washington Street. Peabody residents — and these are all cards sent to or from Peabody residents — have been mailing greeting cards for a long time. This collection goes back more than 100 years.

Back then, notes curator Heather Leavell, the cards could function somewhat in the way Facebook does today, including all the personal information that the sender wants the world to know. Further, the cards came all year long, on Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries. Some were made commercially, with post cards favored in the early 20th century.

“Some were huge,” Leavell said.

At times, they were so elaborate — even decorated in lace, for example — that there was little space for a message. And people thought it sensible to reuse the cards. “We have a Valentine’s Day card that’s been reused,” Leavell said. “The little girl crossed off the name of one girl and put on another. Some of the cards have really sweet notes on them.”

Admission is free. The exhibit, “Greetings From Peabody,” can be seen until May from Tuesday to Friday, 10 to 3 p.m. and on the first and third Sunday of the month from noon to 3 p.m. “It’s a way to connect to the people back then,” Leavell said.

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