COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Families throughout central Ohio celebrate various holiday traditions. Sometimes, they’re new—others have been around for years.
Mary Andrix is used to getting a lot of cards this time of the year—not just for Christmas, since her birthday is Dec. 23.
“I’ll probably get close to fifty,” she said.
But there’s one in particular that stands out from the rest.
There’s nothing fancy about it. In fact, it’s quite small for a Christmas card. But this exact one has been passed back and forth for 60 years.
And to think, it all started as a joke. Mary’s husband was often teased about being cheap. So when this card came in the mail from their lifelong friend Bill Green and his wife Tootie, Mary had an idea.
“When I started writing my Christmas cards, I said to my husband…’we’ll just send that old card back to him…he’ll think you are really tight.’”
Ironically, the front says “from our house to your house,” and that’s exactly where it ended up each year.
“I was afraid we’d lose it, Mary said. “Tootie would put it in her china cabinet and I’d put it in mine.”
Eventually, Mary’s husband passed away, and so did Bill and Tootie. Their daughter, Connie, respectfully took over.
“Dad died in 2000 and Mom died in 2008, and I just knew it was something I had to take over,” Connie said. “I knew exactly where it was when my mom passed away. So I took it home and put it in my hutch just like Mary does so I don’t lose it. It’s precious.”
And that’s exactly why Connie carries on the tradition.
“I guess cause we’re all about family…you don’t have to be relation to be family.”
“If I get it back next year, I gotta live another year to give it back to Connie,” said Mary, who just turned 93. “I want it to go for 100 years!”
Mary does have a son. He promises that he too will carry on the tradition.