Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Card Traditions

I've been up for a while today...way too early for a Sunday morning, but I guess that I'm awake early for a reason. Perhaps just so I could get this post in ;-) Anyway, it's been a pretty good weekend so far. Yesterday we went into town for a few things and to mail off some Christmas cards.

In the photo above: These are the airmail decals that I have to place on the letters along with the regular stamp. I didn't send this many I just have a bulk of these that I got for free at the post office a long time ago. Enough to last a lifetime probably ;-)

I love sending Christmas cards to people, especially in this age of e-cards and other techie ways to keep in touch. Don't get me wrong. I send e-cards and do all of the social networking things to keep in touch too, but I think that it's cool to at least try it the traditional way once a year. International postage isn't cheap, but I try to plan ahead to have the money available. And it isn't an amount that will break the bank anyway :-) I look at the postage as another Christmas gift on my list and it is chopped up and spread to several people instead of just one. This is the only time of the year when I get to send cards to my friends and family back home, so I truly relish it. It's a win win in my book!

My mom used to love to send Christmas cards and she did right up until her last Christmas. I would usually be drafted in to write quite a few of them out for her and I got hand cramps, but I knew it was important to her. It was a tradition. She didn't send a tremendous amount of them out, but she had a nice little list of core people that she had known for decades and she made sure to send a card every year. Interestingly, when I was helping her to write out her Christmas cards leading up to her last Christmas, I thought to myself that the list was dwindling so much in the last few years. I thought about how I had known some of those people for most of my life and how quickly life goes, so indeed we must relish every day. And I remember thinking how it wasn’t all sad because we were so lucky to have known those good people. Life is a joy despite everything, because of the people that we have the pleasure to know on this journey :-)

I know that I probably remember that Christmas very vividly because it was indeed my last Christmas with my mom. Otherwise those thoughts that I had while writing those cards probably would have evaporated from my memory. It is six years ago now and I’ll never forget that December and I’ll never forget the lesson about connection that my mom taught me by example.

I know that sending Christmas cards isn't everyone's thing and I'm not trying to convert anybody ;-) I just thought that I'd share a little piece of my memories and if nothing else, you get to see my airmail decal stash. Lol.

So even though I’m 4,000 miles away, I value the connections that I have and I know that making the effort is all worth it because I wouldn’t miss knowing these good people for anything in the world! :-)

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Ivanhoe said...

I used to send xmas cards too. A couple of years back, I even had cards made with our picture on it. Lately, I'm just emailing cards.
I still send gifts to my godson to Czech though. That shipping is sometimes more than the presents. It was $40 this year. But it makes him happy so I always scramble the extra $$...
Have a great week, Dori! :)

Dori said...

I know what you mean about changing over to emailing. As I mentioned, me too usually :-) I want to do like you though and have the ones with our picture on them. I've always wanted to do that. A friend of mine sent us a card like that last year. I do love sending Christmas cards...I know it is because I used to do so with my mom :) You are such a good godmother! I can relate to the packages being outrageously priced. It's wild isn't it? :) I know that your godson's eyes just light up when he sees that package from you! You have a great week too!

BLOGZOOM said...

I want !!!!
Send one to me too!!!! rsss

There was one time I sent many Christmas cards.
But every year I got less and less until one day a person criticized me talking that "nowadays the modern is to use email". Aiiii ... as I was sad ... However it is not true, because the stationery has many beautiful cards and older people do not always know how to use computers. Writing by hand, use the Post Office, to my point of view, is a form of attention.