Every year we have sent Christmas cards. When the children were little they drew adorable pictures on the cards. As they grew older, our farm was growing and we cheekily signed each and every farm animal’s name. The chickens, cats, goats, dogs, ducks, sheep, alpacas, the whole troupe were displayed on the card along with the kids’ names. Last year we found ourselves without children at home or farm animals and from our friend’s basement we penned just a few cards and sent them out. This year we are sending quite a few!
Are Christmas cards important anymore? We have instant correspondence with friends and family any where in the world. Social media, texts, or good old fashioned phone calls are all ways to stay in touch. But Christmas cards are different. A bit of yourself in the design of the card. A sweet note inside. A sign that one took time out of busy schedules to sit and pen a note of love for the season. That feeling of finding an envelope with card stock in the mailbox, the heavy feel, the glossy stamp, the sound of the envelope opening. A note of cheer inside. Yes, Christmas cards are still important.
Now, take care that you don’t just purchase a box of cheap cards and hastily scribble names. A simple little note, photo, or heart brings that same card to life. Sad or bragging Christmas letters are out, notes of cheer and personal touches are in. Just as they were all those years ago when the Christmas card began. A way to let the homefolks know all was well.
Every year our card list changes. Turning pages of the address book show a life of friends and family that venture in and out of our days, those that have passed, those we wonder what happened to, new friends that have entered.
This is what I have learned over the years, send cards to who you want. Include a photo. Write a personal note. Sign your pets’ names if you wish. Affix a sticker to the front of the envelope. Use pretty stamps and your best penmanship. Send a little love and cheer. It is just one way to make the world a slightly sweeter place.
I’d love to exchange a card with you or even an old fashioned letter. Mrs. Katie Sanders, P.O. Box 2012, Elizabeth, CO 80107.
Happy Holidays everyone!