I didn’t send Christmas cards this year.
For a zillion good reasons, the annual card sending did not happen. We typically take a goofy family photo that includes the four pretty-good Labrador Retrievers. It’s an event just getting the dogs all sitting, all facing the photographer, and then we cross our fingers and toes in the hopes that at least one photo will have all eyes open and happy smiles on our faces and muzzles.
By Thanksgiving, I knew the annual photo wasn’t going to happen. But I had hopes that I’d send Christmas cards to friends just to say, “Hi,” and to let friends and family them know we are thinking of them.
That didn’t happen either.
We received fewer cards this year, probably because we didn’t send any. I have been wondering if the annual sending the Christmas card has given way to the e-card. Or perhaps the well-intentioned “Merry Christmas” Facebook status update is what people “do” now.
I love getting Christmas cards, New Year’s cards, Happy Holiday cards, Solstice cards, Epiphany cards – you name it- I love them all. I don’t want to lose touch with friends, and I’m promising myself that I will send cards this year.
Today is January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany and the end of Christmas season in the church calendar. Whatever your faith, I wish you blessings of joy, peace, and love for this new year.