Well, it seems like only yesterday, we were talking “turkey” and giving thanks…. Now, we’re smack dab in the middle of the Christmas Season. I thought that, with 15 work days remaining until Christmas, I’d share some of my “favorite” things about Christmas and the Christmas season. The Statler Brothers recorded a great song years ago called, “Christmas To Me.” This one and my future writings will describe what Christmas is to me!
12/4/13 Day 1 – Christmas Cards
I know that I don’t look much like it, but I’m a Christmas Card-A-Holic! I absolutely love Christmas Cards. I love writing, them, sending them, receiving them, and reading them… even that trip to the Post Office to buy those high priced stamps for them. Well, maybe that’s stretching it a little bit!
I think that the reason I enjoy them so much is the memories they bring back. When I was little (maybe I should say “young,” I haven’t ever really been “little”), I used to sit down every year, shortly after Thanksgiving and help my mom write our Christmas Cards. I had nice handwriting, so, normally she’d write most of the cards and I’d address them. I can still picture it, like it was yesterday, normally there would be a Christmas movie or TV special on as we’d sit at the dining room table, drinking coffee and deciding who to send cards to…. Aunt’s, Uncles, Cousins, Brothers, Sisters, friends, co-workers, and quite often there was a name or two on our “list” that neither of us could remember who they were. I’d ask my mom, and she’d say “I don’t know who they are, but let’s send them a card anyway, it’s Christmas!” (That’s the kind of lady my mom was!)
When we’d receive a card in the mail, we’d open it, look at the picture, and read the inside of the card. Then, we’d grab that roll of scotch tape and hang that card in the doorways of our house.
After Christmas, my mom was always very anxious to get the tree “undecorated” and taken down and everything put away, except for the Christmas Cards, and she’d always say, “I may leave those there for another day or two.”
I was going through some stuff at home the other day and came across a big box of Christmas Cards. I think we’ve saved every card we’ve ever received. Some from relatives who have gone on to their Reward, some from friends I haven’t heard from in years and even a lot of the kids I’ve worked with as Co-Hosts or Weather Students, who now are in college, some married with their own children. Every one of those cards have very special meaning to me.
It seems like now-a-days, the tradition of sending Christmas Cards is dwindling. Every year we get fewer and fewer, and it may be the expense of buying and sending them, or the fact that we’re all so busy anymore. But as long as I’m alive and able to do it, I’ll be spending an evening (or a few) writing out some Christmas Cards to send to the people who mean the most to me. And, when I get one, I always read it, and now, hang it up in my radio studio, so everyone can enjoy.
And, every time that I write or receive a card, it makes me think of my dear, sweet mother and those special memories we made each year writing cards, and taking time to show others how much we care and think about them. (God, I miss her, especially at Christmas Time!)