Can you believe its only 15 days until Christmas? For me, there is so much to look forward about the Christmas season. Be it cosy evenings with family and friends, an over-abundance of delicious food, the much-loved tradition of gift-giving and last but definatly not least, relaxation in the truest sense of the word.
Christmas is all about the things that are closest to us, especially our friends and family. During the break from work and the normal routine of life we can find solace and comfort in the company of our friends and family. Christmas is about connection. And one of the most delightful traditions our family has experienced since I was a child was sending and receiving Christmas notes and cards during the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. I hold many fond memories of our family opening piles of cards from loved ones and finding places for them around the mantlepiece of our brick fireplace.
“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
― Charles M. Schulz
Sending Christmas cards to family and loved ones is a tradition that I have continued when creating my own home. Despite the cultural incline towards more modern and convenient forms of communication there is nothing quite like carefully unsealing a well-traveled envelope to delight in writers correspondence. Our modern forms of communication are possibly more of a incentive to follow the snail-mail of contact for just one time each year!
Remember… I love lists, right? Yes, you’ve guessed it! The easiest and most efficient way of sending all your lovely Christmas notes out in a timely fashion is to compose a list of who they are going to.
I create mine in Excel, sorted alphabetically by Christian name, and then first name. The next column holds the address details. Don’t forget to check who’s moved and update the address! If you have friends and family that reside overseas I’d put them on the top of the list and then work your way down. That way you can ensure an on-time arrival.
“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”
― Bob Hope
Work out the total of cards you need to send and purchase the stamps in advance. This makes the mailing process much smoother and efficient. Don’t forget the postage for overseas items. Purchase next years Christmas cards during the discounts after the Christmas season is over to get a better deal. Preferably buy in packs of 10 or 20 to save on costs. Not only will you save but you’ll also be prepared early for next year!
So, go ahead! Be ‘old fashioned’ for this special season – put pen to paper and share the joy!