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Holiday Cards



I just brewed a cup of tea, lit a candle, and put on some of my favorite holiday music. I am about to start a yearly tradition that was faithfully followed by my parents--sending cards to friends and family expressing wishes for happy holidays and hopes for a peaceful new year.It is a tradition that has been abandoned by some, particularly because the holidays can get too crazy with so many added responsibilities--shopping, cooking and attending holiday events.All of the things I just mentioned are supposed to add to the magic of the holiday moments, but too often they become a long list of tasks that have to be met--within a certain deadline.The easiest task to eliminate seems to be setting aside time to personally communicate with one another.And by personal, I mean the written word--the hand inscribed word or two personalizing the message. The image accompanying this post is a poem written every year by our Maine cottage neighbor.I cannot begin to guess her age--all I know is that my family and I watch in awe as she rows her dory in the early morning. We guess Peggy is in her  80's. Her holiday poem is almost always the first one to arrive in my mailbox.She sets the bar high when it comes to communicating a personal message to friends and family.So did my mother.When she died at 97, I took her address book and wrote to special friends who would wonder why they hadn't received a holiday card from Frances.It still makes me tear up thinking of her sitting in her chair the last few years of her life having received her cards from the Pine Tree Society (which provides services to the disabled and adaptive equipment for children).It took her quite a few days to write to her friends--because she did just that.Every card carried a personal message.Her messages were always about the recipient.She wrote a few brief words about her life-but mostly she inquired about the lives of others to whom she was writing.It was an unselfish communication, but it also resulted in her friends and family being eager to answer her questions.When my mother and father did the cards together (they had a separate address book for holiday cards) my father would also add a word or two and it was his job to keep track of cards sent and cards received.I save cards received each year and put them with my holiday decorations.I like to reread the messages and then I recycle the front of the card to use as gift cards for my presents.While I still prefer the handwritten note, I do believe that any way you can wish friends happiness and peace is meaningful.So I wish those of you who read this blog a very happy holiday season and much joy in the new year.

Connie

7 Comments to Holiday Cards:

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patty on Wednesday, December 05, 2012 8:48 AM
So true.
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Carol on Saturday, December 08, 2012 7:23 PM
Thank you for your card, Con!!
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Sam on Monday, December 10, 2012 10:12 PM
Okay, now you have done it. You can see that I am catching up. Well, earlier today I got out last year's Christmas cards and did some rereading before I cut them up so I could use the unwritten on fronts as the cards on Christmas gifts. I almost flipped when I read your post and see that you, too, did that. My mother did it. My mother did Christmas cards. My father wrote personal ones until the Christmas before he died when I wrote a few that he dictated to me. WE always put a personal note on our photo cards and that accompanies the usual "brag letter." our cards will be New Year's cards this year because the gang for the photo won't be here until 12/26. Thanks for more memories Connie. We had very similar upbringings--New England.
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emmybello on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 2:35 AM
Definitely believe that that you stated. Your favourite justification seemed to be on the net the easiest thing to have in mind of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed at the same time as people think about issues that they plainly don't realize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will likely be again to get more. Thank you
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Waste Collections on Saturday, October 12, 2013 8:25 AM
I would like to thank you for this excellent information!! I am very interested for this post.This site is so helpful.
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Kathy b on Friday, November 29, 2013 11:21 PM
Connie, I almost felt like putting on the kettle and Christmas music when I read this. You truly have the spirit and motivate me to begin! TY! Xo, k
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Sherrie Loveman on Monday, June 29, 2015 9:31 PM
Reading this today is like receiving a gift for Christmas in July, 2015. You are like your parents, Connie, you put your heart into everything you do.
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