Monday, December 08, 2014
Annual Christmas Card Ritual
This morning I'm completing my annual Christmas card tradition. I don't do much for Christmas anymore around the house like setting up a Christmas tree (with the exception of our ceramic tree in the basement). However, one Christmas tradition that I continue is addressing personalized Christmas cards.
I don't remember exactly when I began my Christmas card tradition, probably when I was twelve or thirteen years old.
I love sending Christmas cards to keep in touch with relatives that I haven't seen in years, co-workers (and almost all of my old bosses), former classmates (I'm involved in our class reunions) and neighbors from my Past Life. Included in my annual Christmas card mailing list are even some old flames but they rarely acknowledge receiving my Christmas cards. In fact they NEVER send me one in return which I guess says something about who likes me and who doesn't. But that's a subject for another whole blog (or two) and I'm not going there now because I am trying to stick to my vow of only positive blog postings (which is very hard I must admit).
Usually I have my Christmas cards finished by the day after Thanksgiving. Didn't happen this year though. Oh I had ordered the cards early but I just wasn't into it this year. In fact I briefly considered not even sending Christmas cards this year but once I started to cards from some of my favorite people from the past, I relented.
Yesterday I was at my computer several hours, first trying to figure out on Word (always a challenge) to print out the addresses on my cards. Then I printed the addresses, which went pretty smoothly.
This year I had all good intentions of paring my mailing list to under fifty (it was 120 last year). Couldn't do it though, I culled through my Address Book Christmas card listing and the lowest I could get the figure was eighty. So if you receive a Christmas card from me, you made the cut. Lucky you.
Well, I just took a break here to post this blog and video. Now I have to get back to completing the task at hand. I'm not looking forward to licking all those envelopes.