Merry Mail: Elvis' Christmas Cards from Celebrities
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Merry Mail: Elvis' Christmas Cards from Celebrities

Imagine making a list of your Christmas card recipients, and one of the people on that list is none other than Elvis Presley.

Plenty of celebrities and entertainers sent cards to Elvis and his family during the holiday season. Some cards included personalized notes, but some didn't. Some included family portraits. Some were funny; some were sacred. Elvis kept these special cards, and sent some out himself, which often included happy holiday wishes from  his manager, Col. Tom Parker.

The Colonel was fond of sending telegrams to wish stars a happy holiday or happy birthday, as well as wishing them a good opening night on a performance. He often signed such messages from himself and Elvis, but he also sent Elvis a "Happy Thanksgiving" message one year. (Click the photos to enlarge.)

Col. Parker sent Elvis this Thanksgiving telegram in 1964. Col. Parker sent Elvis this Thanksgiving telegram in 1964.

Elvis received a sweet card from actress Jayne Mansfield, her husband Matt Cimber and her four children.

Actress Jayne Mansfield sent this handwritten note and family photo to Elvis. Actress Jayne Mansfield sent this handwritten note and family photo to Elvis.

Another card with a family portrait is this gem from the Nelson family, sent at Christmas 1967. It's from Rick Nelson and his wife Kris, and their (at the time) three children, Tracy and twins Matthew and Gunnar.

Singer Rick Nelson and his wife Kris included a family portrait with their holiday greeting. Singer Rick Nelson and his wife Kris included a family portrait with their holiday greeting.

Elvis also received this card from his drummer, DJ Fontana, and his family.

This card is signed from the Fontana family. This card is signed from the Fontana family.

Comedian George Burns wanted to wish a happy holidays in many languages.

A holiday card from George Burns. A holiday card from George Burns.

Singer Sammy Davis Jr. sent Elvis a beautiful spiritual scene.

Sammy Davis Jr. sent Elvis this Christmas card one year. Sammy Davis Jr. sent Elvis this Christmas card one year.

Some celebrities couldn't resist a laugh, even at the holidays. Bob Hope and Sophie Tucker's cards surely made Elvis smile.

Elvis received this greeting from the legendary comedian Bob Hope. Elvis received this greeting from the legendary comedian Bob Hope.

Actress and comedian Sophie Tucker sent this specially-designed card to Elvis. Actress and comedian Sophie Tucker sent this specially-designed card to Elvis.

As the year rounded out, Elvis didn't just receive holiday mail, but also Happy New Year cards and messages. Here's a telegram to the Colonel from "Casablanca" director Michael Curtiz.

Michael Curtiz, best known for directing "Casablanca," "White Christmas," "Mildred Pierce" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy," sent his best wishes to Elvis. Michael Curtiz, best known for directing "Casablanca," "White Christmas," "Mildred Pierce" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy," sent well wishes to Elvis.

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 10:30 AM
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