When my husband and I (Andrea) first got married, we would get a lot of Christmas cards. Not hundreds, of course (we don’t know that many people). But we’d get a decent amount and it was fun to hang them all on the wall. It was part of our decoration. Over the years, though, the number of cards we receive gets smaller and smaller.
Last year we received six cards. (Seven if you include the card we always get from our insurance agent. Thanks, Larry!) As of today, December 15, it’s two. (And Larry.)
My husband thinks we should only send out cards to those people who sent us one the previous year. And if someone sends us a card, they’ll be on the list for next year. It sounds a little Grinchy, but I understand his feeling. Christmas cards are a wonderful tradition and it can hurt when you see that tradition slipping away. Why is it slipping away? I don’t know. It doesn’t cost too much to send them. It doesn’t take that long to write them up. It’s a nice way to let someone know you’re thinking of them - especially when they’re miles away. And it’s a nice memory that lasts longer than a Facebook post.
Last year I decided to do something different. Well, new. In addition to all the cards I sent to family and friends, I wrote up some cards to send to some of my favorite businesses. I wrote a message to the employees, thanking them for whatever it was I was happy about that they did. I didn’t sign the card. I just wanted to send out an anonymous “thank you” for someone who made my life easier in some way throughout the year.
So, maybe, if you don’t feel like sending out cards to your family and friends anymore, perhaps you can send some Christmas cheer and appreciation to your favorite local business. Thank your doctor’s office for always being on time. Thank your local bakery for being nice enough to always give your child a sweet treat when you go in. Thank your salon for making you extra beautiful!
#letsmakeitpersonal this year (and every year) and show the important people in your life that you care.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.