My mom was on her first Zoom call last week. She just never had the opportunity to be on one working in retail. So, when the two of us needed to work on Christmas cards together using my Snapfish account and being on either side of the country, I knew a Zoom meeting would need to happen.
As a family, we hadn’t sent out photo Christmas cards in a while, well that is until last Christmas.
I’m sure we were not alone in wanting to make Christmas more meaningful for our family and friends. Or maybe you have always sent Christmas cards and have been waiting for the rest of us to catch up. Whatever camp you reside in, we can’t ignore a new emphasis the last couple of Christmases on family, quality time, and reconnecting with people you rarely see. People are buying plane tickets, wiping out the Christmas decoration section of big box stores, and ordering gifts ahead of time all in preparation for a more vibrant and full Christmas this year. It’s like horses being released from their stables. And in a way, we have been released, or at least we feel more comfortable going out into the wild.
Yet we can’t be with everyone during Christmas time, and cards are a timeless choice to make others feel remembered. Because Christmas has always been about spreading good news and joy, a card is a sound substitute to capture those feelings. Whether it is through a thoughtful note, photos of the family, or a funny line for laughs, sending a card to someone you care about will bring a smile to their day and strengthen ties in your relationship.
The effect a card can make on someone’s day, especially at Christmas time, is potent if they will be alone during the holiday season. When you send cards this season, send some to those who won’t have the opportunity to have a traditional holiday. You can send Christmas cards to homeless shelters, hospitalized children, the elderly in nursing homes, and our troops through Operation Christmas Cards For Our Troops.
Sending our photo Christmas card to family and friends, and honestly about a third of whom I have never even met, is our way of extending a hand and a smile to people we do and don’t see regularly. Even if it’s for a brief week, the card that sits on their fridge or kitchen counter illustrates although we can’t be together, we want to let them know we are here for them no matter what kind of year either of us may have experienced.
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