Christmas Cards

Today I am planning to finish writing all my Christmas cards. It is a job I love doing because it gives me time to pause and think about all the family and friends I am writing to, to be grateful for them and send them a hand written message to wish them well.

People are the most important part of life. I have friends who find Christmas highly stressful and feel a need to run around a lot, buy lots of expensive gifts and run themselves into a frazzled heap over it all. They don't find joy in the preparations and it has all become too hyped and complex.

I celebrate Christmas gently. Top of the list is the knowledge that there is hope in the world still because of the birth and death of Christ. You only have to open a newspaper to know how troubled the world is, but there is still good within it, good people and plenty of love out there. Hope still lives.

I buy gifts but enjoy doing it, finding something I think the person will enjoy. I don't go mad, I buy and wrap early. I love to attend Christmas services and celebrations but I don't go to them all. I love to sing with my choir in concerts, raising money for London Air Ambulance and other worthy causes. It's lovely to share music and give the joy away.

But most of all, we don't over do it all. We don't over-feast and we don't get stressed about it. The festival is for our enjoyment and commemoration, not for the commercial hype to drive us. I choose to opt out of the madness and in to the good stuff. Simple, lovely and gentle.

It can be a poignant time for those who have suffered loss in this season or for whom the time of year holds difficult memories. Kindness, warmth and simplicity go a long way. Give your smile and kindness away to those around you this Christmas and keep your own heart at peace and enjoy it.
You have got it exactly right there, I’ve been guilty of getting very stressed at Christmas in the past but I put that down to the fact that I worked full time as a primary school teacher and there was always way too much pressure at work this time of year. Then I wanted everything to be perfect for my own children and family too.
However now I’m properly retired... things feel very different. Phew!
Right , I’m going to finish writing my Christmas cards too!
posted December 5th, 2017  
I need to start my Christmas cards and annual letter. I do enjoy the process and feel great when the letter is printed and ready to go. I wish we had done it from the beginning of our marriage (35 years) because it is a family history for us but at least we have 24 humorous family follies. My mother passed on Christmas Day, 12 years ago, so I focus on the 3 young grand boys wonder and delight.
posted December 5th, 2017  
Beautiful truthful words
posted December 5th, 2017  
Thank you, Casablanca, for your lovely sentiments. Hope, love, simplicity. Yes.

And, btw, I love your handwriting! :-)

posted December 5th, 2017  
Its a very pleasant thing to be doing at this time of year. Reflecting on past times, friends and family. Sadly, my list gets shorter as each Christmas passes.
posted December 5th, 2017  
I haven't written my cards yet, but I have sent off my parcels that have to go to other parts of Australia and overseas.

I don't go overboard with Christmas either.
posted December 5th, 2017  
A creative and unique photo and a thoughtful and wise narrative!
posted December 5th, 2017  
Very nice words and accompanying photo
posted December 5th, 2017  
lovely - words and image!
posted December 5th, 2017  
you've got it just right there. we too like a quiet thoughtful gentle time .
posted December 5th, 2017  
A very nice commentary on celebrating Christmas. I agree with everything you are saying.
posted December 5th, 2017  
Lovely words and sentiments I agree completely. Spent Sunday afternoon happily writing my cards just need to negotiate the loan to fund the stamps.🙂
posted December 5th, 2017  
What lovely, calming words which demonstrate exactly what Christmas should be. I’ll now put my head back on, sit down and start thinking about Christmas presents with a calmer attitude.
posted December 5th, 2017  
Thank you for such beautiful words
posted December 5th, 2017  
@steggiesaurus Thank you! I can't do joined up writing so it always got me into trouble at school many moons ago!
posted December 5th, 2017  
Cool picture.
posted December 5th, 2017  
Wonderful words and a wonderful image.
posted December 6th, 2017  
Inspiration to get started with mine 😊
posted December 6th, 2017  
I really like the perspective on this photo and even more so your insight to the meaning of the holiday!
posted December 6th, 2017  
Touching words that should not just apply to Christmas.
Thank you!
posted December 6th, 2017  
So true! Thanks for posting. It is a good reminder of what is important!
posted December 30th, 2017  
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