“Why do I write Christmas cards?”
It’s a question I sometimes ask myself. Maybe you yourself have wondered why you do it, or more likely, thought about how writing cards is so old-fashioned, and so out-dated, right?
The process for me starts like this.
I need the right pen. Not a cheapie either. I need one that’s a good few dollars and is ‘medium’ only please.
I sit. I sit in silence, and I think of what to write for everyone that year. I will write the same thing for all my family and friends, but still I try to alter it, if only a little, year after year.
I try to write and send them as close as possible to the start of December, but let’s face it that doesn’t happen often. If I know I’ll see someone around that time, I’ll only write their card and hand it to them in person… otherwise I end up sending the majority of them, through post.
Secondly, why I write…
Digital is so much easier. Instant. You can forward any Christmas animation onto your contacts, chuck your name on the end and voila!
Christmas greetings done.
I don’t care much for that.
That’s not to say I don’t like getting those messages… but there is something sacred and special about putting pen to paper…
writing a heartfelt message…
writing out all the addresses…
affixing stamps and other Christmas-y stickers on the back to seal the envelopes…
and then putting them all in the bright red post box.
I LOVE IT.
I don’t do it because I expect any in return. Nooo. If I were doing it for that reason I would only be sending out 5, as opposed to 30.
No. It’s not about the receiving.
It’s all about the giving.
There’s something so special about going to your mail box and finding your name on a festive envelope. Knowing you have been wished a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year inside it.
The system of writing the cards also gets me in the Christmas spirit. As time consuming as it sometimes can be, I think this is so much part of my tradition, that if I weren’t to do it, it would feel a lot less like Christmas.
And today, with almost all cards sent, I feel like the countdown to Christmas has really begun.
I can feel it.
I have been sending out wishes, after all. 😉
So many people say to me – “I don’t do Christmas cards.”
That’s okay. I don’t expect you to.
But I do them. I do Christmas cards, and whether you give me one or not, makes no difference.
It is a part of my nature… whether it’s because I love Christmas, I love writing, or I love the old-fashioned form of sending and receiving via snail mail…
All in all, it’s a beautiful tradition, that I hope never dies out. If I can I’ll keep it running.
And I hope in a few days time there will be people all over the place, smiling as they open the festive envelopes I sent them.
Because that’s why I do it. To spread the Christmas cheer 🙂
I ♥ Christmas.