Christmas Cards are a wonderful tradition which, for my generation and the ones after me, is almost a lost art. With Social Media and easy phone and internet connections there is not the same need to make connections and let people know what is going on in our lives. It is though, a great way to let people you don’t see often, know they are in your thoughts.
I started the tradition again last year and need to get at them done in the next couple of days. I did one this afternoon that needed a letter in it. A distant relative lives a very simple life with no phone or internet and depends on family correspondence to keep up with what is going on. It was sad I had to let him know about his first cousin Earl, who has disappeared into a world of dementia. I know it will bring him sadness. They were quite close.
The others will not likely have long letters but just short greetings. A couple will head to Florida to some folks I miss dearly in the winter when they are away. As silly as it may seem I always send cards to our neighbours who are close because though we wave we don’t often get a chance to visit. It is good to know someone is watching out for us even if we don’t talk much. We have some neighbours who are second to none.
There are only nine students on my bus so they will likely all get a card. We do have fun every day and I worry about them like they were my own. They are also receiving a mascot from me. Rather than spend money on them I’m adopting a Canadian Wildlife Federation animal for them. It will be our mascot in the bus.
Of course my aunts and uncles will get cards. That is a must do on the list. My cousins may also get cards this year. I miss them and the family gatherings we used to have. Our family list grows smaller each year. I think it is important to keep in touch with those with whom we have shared history. It keeps us grounded.
Those dear friends I have on Facebook will likely get a group greeting on my time line. We talk fairly often in a new sort of way but it keeps us up with the others are doing and it’s fun.
There will be some cards going out of our home to business associates and customers. We both have businesses and it is just good sense to send something to them that isn’t a bill and shows how much we appreciate their business and patronage.
As the years go by it becomes more and more important to stay in touch with those who remain. So often I wish I had reached more to some who have slipped away without much notice. It is the little things that make big memories.