Christmas yard cards coming back to town


September 22, 2021

The Christmas in Sweet Home Committee will be painting primer on its 16 Christmas Yard Cards at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the fenced area behind City Hall, 3225 Main St.

The committee has already hosted two such events, the first on Aug. 17 and the second on Sept. 14.

Rotary Club members have assisted at both. During the Sept. 14 effort, Key Bank employees lent a hand as part of the company’s annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day.

Twelve painters chipped in during the first event and two contributed during the second, touching up on existing Christmas card yard signs and adding primer to plywood donated by Murphy Plywood.

Christmas in Sweet Home Committee member Jim Gourley expects that more than 100 of the large plywood “cards” will appear in front of homes and businesses, up from 65 last year.

The uptick in cards is thanks in part to The Sweet Home Community Foundation giving a $2,500 grant to support the project, which was first launched in the mid-2000s. The grant will go toward paint, lights, and “anything else we need to complete the project,” Gourley said. Local artists paint the cards on 4-by-8-feet sheets of plywood.

People can sign up to receive a card (which does not require payment) by reaching out to the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce’s main number. They can specify whether they want a religious or nonreligious card.

Last year, for the first time, the Christmas in Sweet Home Committee organized the painting of Christmas-themed art on windows in the downtown Sweet Home and Foster areas.

The committee hopes to see that happen again this year, Gourley said. “We are always looking for more painters,” he added.

For more information, interested parties can email

The committee typically installs the cards on the first Saturday in December, then takes them down around New Year’s Day.


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