These two women from British Columbia have been exchanging the same Christmas card for more than 5 decades

For two women from eastern British Columbia, this Christmas marks 57 years in a holiday tradition they’ve been part of since they were little.

Catherine Crewe and Nancy Nester have been exchanging the same Christmas card since the age of five.

“It’s like having a long-term pen pal in the way I know what she’s doing and what she’s been through, and that’s pretty cool,” said Nester, who lives in Invermere, at the CBC host Sarah Penton. Radio West.

The couple, both in their sixties, inherited a tradition from their mothers, good friends who had worked together as secretaries at a tire company in Toronto.

Nester’s parents then moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, where Nester was born in 1959. She says her mother was the first to sign the card, which she sent in 1960.

The Christmas card was first sent by Nester’s mother in 1960. (Submitted by Nancy Nester)

“My mom said she was having a new baby and she knew Catherine’s mom was having a new baby, so she sent her a cute Christmas card,” Nester said.

The following year, Crewe’s mother signed the card and returned it to Nester’s mother.

The following year, Nester’s mother added a twist to the tradition: she signed using her daughter’s name Nancy instead.

Crewe’s mother did the same in 1963, and in 1964, when they were five and could write, their mothers made them sign the card themselves.

“Our impression [went] from being really elementary to a little more orderly, ”Nester said of their signings over the years.

Nester has since sent the card in even years, while Crewe has sent it in odd years. Neither have missed a year.

Nester says their handwriting has evolved over the years since they started signing the card themselves at the age of five. (Submitted by Nancy Nester)

It wasn’t until the two women moved to Western Canada – in their twenties – that they met in person, says Crewe, who lives in Fernie.

“I was glad Nancy came out west and lives here now, so she was closer,” she said.

Last year, they met in Kimberley, BC, where Nester hand-delivered the card to Crewe.

Crewe says she cherishes the tradition with Nester, something she does in memory of her mother, who has passed away.

“It’s definitely in her memory because of her foresight,” she said. “She’s still here and, you know, she’s a part of it.… These two women so long ago kept this for their daughters, which I think is just remarkable.”

Nester says her mother, who is still alive, is proud that her daughters are keeping the tradition alive.

“It just gives her joy to think that this is going on after all these years,” she said.

According to Guinness World Records, Warren Nord and Thor Andersen in the United States hold the record for longest greeting card exchange at 57, from 1930 to 1987.

But Crewe says they aren’t necessarily trying to break the record. “We’re just going to keep moving it back and forth and back and forth,” she said.

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