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.


10 Comments

  1. Remzi Arslan

    HAPPY THANKGIVING DAY TO ALL ELVIS FUNS AND GRACELAND STUFF.. THANK YOU FOR ALL PICTURES AND DOCUMENTS ABOUT ALVIS.. REMZI ARSLAN – TURKEY

    • Remzi Arslan

      HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY TO ALL ELVIS FUNS AND GRACELAND STUFF.. THANK YOU FOR ALL PICTURES AND DOCUMENTS ABOUT ALVIS.. REMZI ARSLAN – TURKEY

  2. Very nice card

  3. Joan Marie Adkins

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL AT GRACELAND.

  4. Cheryl(Wood)Bork

    Thank you for sharing some cards on here for fan’s to enjoy looking at and reading, that Elvis received from his celebrity friends.

    Sincerely,

    Cheryl(Wood)Bork Fan sense the “early 1950’s.

    (Oklahoma.)

  5. karen Ray

    Holiday Greetings from Las Vegas:

    Tis the Season..
    Elvis brings Joy and an essence of Spirit in Celebration!

    Thanks for the Memorable Moments Graceland!

    Karen Ray

  6. Tracy Miller

    Thank you so much for sharing all the cards that was sent to Elvis an his family so special this time of year Happy Holidays Graceland an staff we are proud if the work you to make the kings house so awesome this time if year so Thank you !!!

  7. What a lot of fun to “share” these with Elvis! Thank you! I especially like Bob Hope’s where else would we see that?

  8. Mary Wyrick

    Good Evening, I am a life long fan of Elvis Presley. Through my life, his music and movies and everything about him has comforted me through very difficult times in my life. I always wanted to see him in concert and one of the worst moments of my life was when my parents tried to tell me as lovingly as possible that he passed away. Since Elvis has given me such happiness, enjoyment and to always persev through life that as a small Thankyou to Elvis, I have put together a wonderful page on facebook for all his fans to admire. I post beautiful pictures of photos that honor this wonderful man. I also post events that are happening at Graceland. I posted the Graceland goes red until Monday Feb. 9, 2015, however I had people comment that Graceland is not red and I would lime to explain to them why. I would also like to ask if Graceland.com and Elvis.com would like to approve of my facebook page. I post pictures that are real and try to give a history, or at least a lovely comment that goes with the picture appropriately. Please let me know what happened to the red for the Americas Heart Association and if you would like to approve of my page. Thankyou!! Sincerely, Mary Wyrick. melvis170@yahoo.com. TLC ❤ TCB⚡

  9. Mary Wyrick

    Persevere is the word that did not print out all the way. So sorry about that!!

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