As Christmas quickly approaches, I faithfully check the mailbox every day for those beautiful Christmas cards. I must admit, I am feeling a bit like Charlie Brown in that ever popular holiday show where his mailbox is empty.
I don't mean to say that I, or my family, don't have any friends. I think that is far from the truth. What I mean is that in the fast-paced world of high technology, we don't take the time to actually write out a Christmas card!
There are a some, like me, who feel that Christmas cards are special. They provide a time to catch up with friends and family who may slip through the cracks throughout the rest of the year. Personally, I take the time to write (and I mean hand write) a note in each card that is then sealed, stamp (Christmas stamp of course) applied and then dropped in the mail slot.
Many friends and some family write the annual "Christmas letter" to update everyone on the goings on in their lives through the previous year. It serves as a good way to share news; however, I have never gotten into the practice of doing that. Maybe we just don't have any exciting news to share. In my written notes, I do share how each child is doing if the recipient is someone we don't normally see. Sometimes it's just a quick, "Merry Christmas, see you at dinner." But whatever the words, they are written, again, in my own hand. Each card is signed as a family (and there are six of us so that takes some space).
The delight of finding a card in the mail cannot be some strange quirky thing only I enjoy! Let's step away from the Facebook and the Twitter and even email and take a moment to actually send out a hand-signed card to show we think of each other.
I could go on and say that birthday cards, sympathy notes and even those nearly nonexistent things called "thank you cards" should also be hand-written and sent via the old fashioned snail mail. And what about just a "how are you" note to say you're thinking of someone? There is a challenge for you all---start with Christmas cards and move on to just sending a note to say hello. The recipient will be grateful!