Wednesday, December 14, 2016
My favorite Christmas tradition is addressing Christmas cards.
I love keeping in touch with long time friends, former co-workers, relatives whom I haven't seen in years. Maybe too just let them know I'm still alive. Maybe just to wish them a peaceful and joyous Christmas season. Whatever the reason, I truly do enjoy preparing my Christmas card list. Checking the list, whose on and who is off.
Each year I tell myself that I'm going to par down my list. I sort of did this year.
I'm not so concerned about only sending cards to those who send me cards. There are a few individuals who I send cards every year who I have never received a card from. One being the guy who was my first sexual fling with when I was in the Army. I haven't seen him since 1962 and I'm sure he doesn't care a whit about me now but I will always remember him. I don't even know if he is married or has a family but I do know he is still alive. I have a way of checking that, the Social Security Death Index on Ancestry.com.
The past few years too many of my long time friends and former co-workers have appeared on that death index. I check when I no longer receive a Christmas card from them. That makes me sad.
Also during these past few years I have made new friends and they are now on my list. That makes me happy.
Looking at me in this video I've posted at the top of this blog post reminds me of how much I am like my father. My mouth hangs open like his did in his later years. I walk like him. I have mannerisms like him. I'm turning into my father!