Christmas cards are a big part of my holiday tradition. I feel it’s not Christmas unless I pull out the old address book, yes I still have a book, and write out cards for friends and loved ones. Sometimes these cards are the only communication I send during the whole year. It’s not as if I don’t care but life gets in the way. When did we get too busy to visit or pick up the phone?I send cards because I want to receive them. I love Christmas cards. If I’m lucky there’s a note or picture included. These messages of love and friendship remind me that this person cares. They may not be in my life daily but they are a part of me and I am a part of them. They help me to remember and reconnect. Sometimes, like recently, it causes me to pick up the phone and call or text like I did with a cousin I’ve not seen in person since 1981.
I save cards from one year to the next. I won’t throw any away until I’ve received a new card from that person. Usually the one I throw away is several years old. When I’m getting out my Christmas decorations I pause for a few minutes to read some of the old cards. Seeing the beautiful pictures, the poetry, the notes fill me with nostalgia. Some of the names I’ll never see again on a Christmas card. Some of the names are new, babies born, marriages, new friends, each hold a special place in my heart.
So as you are deciding whether or not to send Christmas cards, remember there are those of us truly appreciate your efforts! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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