|Me and my Mom and my Christmas card "take" at my center city Philadelphia home 1978 - I still have those cards!|
This evening I finished addressing my Christmas cards. I'm a bit late this year. No reason other than maybe I'm just not really into the holiday season. Oh I like the sparkling lit Christmas trees and the goodwill. Not so much on the caroling (I HATE the Partridge in the Pear tree song and all the "Ho! Ho! Ho!" Santa Clauses that seem to be in every other commercial). And of course I don't like all the commercialism but other than that, I like the Christmas or "holiday" season.
|Me at "Christmas Card Central"|
The one "holiday" activity I do like is sending Christmas cards. This is the one time of year I have the opportunity to let my friends and relatives, who have moved away, that I am still alive and they are still alive. Unfortunately, this year I just discovered yesterday that two of my longtime friends had died in the past year, one the day after Christmas last year. I am saddened by the knowledge of that fact. Ironically both of these individuals I once tried to fix up with each other. She was interested but he wasn't. It was a shame because they both died single. Both fine folks.
I used to kid my friend Rich that he was the only person I knew who had a birthday that the whole city of Philadelphia used to celebrate every New Year's Day with a massive, all day parade. Every year I kidded him about that and every year he took my kidding. He was very gracious about my annual lame joke.
Addressing and sending my Christmas cards, most with a little note (I don't do "the letter") is my one enjoyable Christmas activity of which I have never tired. By the way, if you're on my Christmas card list, don't feel obligated to do a tit for tat. You don't to send me a Christmas card just because I sent one to you. I send the Christmas cards because I truly want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
|This year's Christmas card (the cat's out of the bag now)|
Note: 95 cards this year broken down this way:
Arizona - 1 (you know who you are)
California - 5
Connecticut - 1
Delaware - 12 (newly adopted state)
Florida - 2
Georgia - 3
Louisiana - 1
New Jersey - 5
Nevada - 2
New York - 1 (you know who you are)
North Carolina - 2
Ohio - 1
Pennsylvania - 45 (former home state)
South Carolina - 6
Tennessee - 2
Virginia - 5
Canada - 1 (and you definitely know who you are)