I LOVED writing Christmas cards. LOVED.
The thought of sending thoughts and prayers across the miles to those I loved. A picture of my girls, or a collage of family pictures throughout the year — love on 5 X 7 photo card stock.
We were never big on the Christmas letter: We wrote just one, the year we moved from Colorado to Ohio (making sure everyone had our new address). I always figured that Facebook was a year long Christmas letter, and everyone got to see what we were doing on a daily basis.
I seriously loved Christmas cards, in the way a stationery nerd loves anything paper and writing related. It meant I got to write a note, sign our names, and address the envelopes. It was a big part of my pre-Christmas rituals. I would buy special pens in Christmas colors just for the event.
As the kids got older, though, life and activities got in the way. And something had to give during the holidays.
The last couple of years I’ve had the card printed and then failed to send them out. I just never got the time. Two years ago I carried them with my to Arizona during our Christmas trip, planning to write them on the plane or at the house. It never happened.
Last year they never made it out of the package.
This year was just a plain old tough year. I didn’t want to relive it through pictures (although there were some great moments).
So this year I invested the Christmas card money into my blog (well, that wasn’t the thought at the time, but thinking about it, it makes sense. Sort of). And I figured I would send out a post full of holiday wishes and love to you all.
So Merry Christmas to you all! To everyone who reads my blog or just catches a glimpse here and there, I want to say:
Love and light across the miles. May this holiday season bring you and your family happiness and joy.