Good greeting gets even better over years, swapping sisters say

December 25, 1990|By ASOCIATED PRESS

HAGERSTOWN (AP) -- Clara Lapole loves her sister but in three decades has rarely bought her a holiday greeting card.

Instead, she sends her sister one of two faded, creased cards the two have been exchanging since the Eisenhower administration.

This year marks the 30th year of the sisters' card swap.

"It's looking badly used. There are creases in it," Ms. Lapole, 71, said yesterday about one of the cards that shows snow-covered mailboxes decorated for the holidays. "I will have to put Scotch tape on it to mail it back.

The other card received by her sister, Pearl Peterson, 75, of Westminster, Colo., pictures a holiday wreath adorning a front door.

Ms. Lapole said it was her sister's idea in 1960 to keep mailing thesame cards.

"She is forever doing comical things," Ms. Lapole said. "My sister is so jolly and so fun you never know what she is going to come up with next.

"I never thought it would last as long as it has. I believe that after about 10 years of sending back and forth it finally began to dawn on me that this was going to last."

Ms. Peterson said one of the reasons she suggested the card swap was to give her sister in Maryland an idea where she was living each year. Ms. Lapole has lived in Hagerstown for 30 years, but Ms. Peterson has lived in six states.

The sisters send the cards shortly after Dec. 1. During the rest of the year the cards are kept safely wedged in the sisters' family Bibles.

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