I am happy to say that I have my Christmas cards addressed, and Christmas letter written. We are just waiting on the pictures to insert before they hit the mailbox. I was desperate to get cards out this year. I think the last time I sent them was four years ago. Yikes! Life just go too busy for me to tackle that one. Each passing year had me struggling with wanting to snap that photo of kids in Christmas attire. Each year, they grumbled and frowned for the picture. This year, I am sending out snippets of our real life. It will have to be a college of our activities! My husband was trying to help alleviate my guilt over the Christmas Card Hiatus by reassuring me that everybody has seen all of our pictures on FaceBook. While this is mostly true, there are a few family members who do not share their daily lives with the internet and for them, my card is on the way. I did have fun making the list and addressing the cards. I sent several friends text photos of old Christmas cards playing guessing games with what year the photo was from.
Several of the Christmas traditions have changed over the years. Our beloved Daisy the Elf didn’t even sit on the shelf this year. I didn’t see the Nutcracker with my daughter. We haven’t made cookies. What we have done the entire year is try to find time every day to celebrate each other. We have tried to stay connected with family members and friends near and far as often as we can. Next year, our son will be coming home from college to celebrate Christmas. That is surreal! Each year surely brings opportunities for evaluating what is important for daily lives and for Christmas traditions. I ran across a short paper written by my son about his beloved Poppa. I thought about framing it and wrapping it for a gift. Instead, I printed it and mailed right to “The Man”. I think my Daddy enjoyed his early gift.
If you don’t get a card from us, just know the list was short. It was the only way I could get them out! I hope all of ya’ll have the Christmas that you hope for and find a way to celebrate your family in the way that is important to you! Merry Christmas !