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“With Every Christmas Card I Write….”

Christmas is just around the corner. Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, well maybe not too much, but with November almost over, Christmas is around the corner which means, shopping, Christmas trees, decorations, and Christmas cards.

Although these days it doesn’t seem that as many people send Christmas cards as they did in the past (to be sure, it’s been a few years since I last sent out Christmas cards) I have always been one of those firm believers that what you write inside the card is just as important as the specific card you choose for a family member, friend, or colleague. Indeed, the message itself became my own special present to that person and hopefully it would be something that he or she would remember long after Christmas had come and gone.

It’s probably true that most people who are caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season may not take the time to sit down and carefully compose a “Christmas message.” Instead, they rely on the card’s message, sign one’s name and leave it that.

On the contrary, writing a message does not take that much time and depending on who you are going to send that card to, the message is important and thoughtful. In fact, one of the things that I have always enjoyed about sending Christmas cards was spending an afternoon or two writing those special and thoughtful Christmas messages. For some of the recipients of those cards it might be one of the few times that we have corresponded over the year and as such, that Christmas message becomes all the more important.

Of course what you write also depends on the person and how well you know that person. Aside from the usual “spirit of the season” fanfare, in the messages that I have written, I have tried to capture not only the holy nature of the season with the birth of Christ but also extending best wishes for spirit of the season in giving and spreading good cheer. After all, that is what the holiday season is all about.

(For non-Christian holiday revelers–Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindi-it goes without saying to choose those generic holiday cards but that doesn’t mean your message has to be a generic one. It is a good time to reflect on why this person you are sending the card to is important or special to you.)

If you have been out of touch with the person for a while now would be a good time to catch up on things but not too much. The most important thing to remember is that this is a “Christmas card” and you don’t want to stray too far from the spirit of the season. Talk about their family and wishing everyone happy holidays but don’t talk too much about the problems you have been having this year.

I know that when I receive a Christmas card from someone I really appreciate the effort that went into the message they wrote inside the card. If someone just signed their name I would think that he or she doesn’t think that much of me to write just a sentences. I might even think that by not writing anything or just a word or two that the person is just going through the motions of sending cards.

Finally, I believe that what we write in the card is just as important as the special card we pick out for that person. It’s part of the spirit of the season and makes that Christmas card all the more special for the person who reads it.

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  1. Themax

    On November 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    very well written,Thanks for sharing :)

  2. johnnydod

    On November 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I have done all mine

  3. lillyrose

    On November 21, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Great write and you are so right, I think the words you put inside are more important that the card. I to be honest stopped writing them a few years ago, it was on amongst many jobs that I hated doing with a passion. Why do we have to remember people we have’t spoken to for years. I would rather email… kill joy that I am, I do give to charity the money I would have spent on cards.

  4. Darla Beck

    On November 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I haven’t even made up my Christmas card list yet. That’s something I really need to get done.

  5. ken bultman

    On November 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Good philosophy. Some cards really don’t need to be sent or received. May your days be merry and bright…

  6. Sourav

    On November 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Nice write!

  7. LoveDoctor

    On November 21, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    lol. Mr. Bultman.

    Great write. I have always enjoyed writing Christmas cards to family and friends. There is nothing like writing that special message and receiving correspondence in the mail during the holiday season.

  8. Joe Dorish

    On November 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Things have really changed with Christmas cards since I was kid when my folks would send out hundreds and hundreds of cards every year.

  9. AlmaG

    On November 21, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Very nice post! I’m now starting to make personilized xmas cards to give to family and friends :)

  10. Frances Lawrence

    On November 21, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you for this article, I always write special Christmas messages and my family tease me for it. Reading this has given me confidence to ignore their comments.

  11. Marie Antoinette

    On November 21, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I agree. I just finished mine, and I always write something. Today I decorated for christmas inside the house. I was just in the festive mood, too.

  12. Ruby Hawk

    On November 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I still send out Xmas cards every year, although not as many as I used to, nor do I get as many as I used to.

  13. Shirley Shuler

    On November 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    This is a wonderful write, Papa. I always write a special Christmas message in my cards every year.

  14. Jane Jane

    On November 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    nice article. I don’t send cards for Christmas but I’d love to.

  15. clay hurtubise

    On November 21, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Happy Holidays!

  16. Christine Ramsay

    On November 22, 2009 at 3:02 am

    I still send out cards but have reduced them considerabley and send quite a few Christmas messages by email using Christmas stationary. My friends seem to appreciate them. A very good piece.


  17. Mr Ghaz

    On November 22, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Excellent!..very well-written piece and so interesting..I agree with you that this is a “Christmas card” and you don’t want to stray too far from the spirit of the season…lol..thanks for sharing this great work..cheers 8) :)

  18. giftarist

    On November 22, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Nice article..I love sending Christmas cards

  19. Yovita Siswati

    On November 24, 2009 at 2:28 am

    I am about to start mine :-)

  20. Hansika

    On November 24, 2009 at 9:52 am

    nice one….

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