Thank Goodness for Christmas Cards

The first Christmas card to arrive
The first Christmas card to arrive

They are my favorite part of Christmas—a season which in the main unaccountably saddens me. I understand I am not alone, Christmas depression being fairly common.

But the cards have started arriving! Each one lifts my spirits, and I have just figured out why. It’s the sight of those handwritten envelopes—several of them in each mail. I recognize each friend before I look at the return address because I know his or her handwriting, even though I probably haven’t seen it for a year. It’s as if these friends have come to visit, for a good bit of their personality and their individuality is conveyed by the unique way they have of putting pen to paper.  I really cherish each one. So far, no e-cards.

The first card to arrive—always—is from Mardel and her husband Dave. She is a high school friend who still lives in Kansas City, and every year their card features a photo or an artistic interpretation of the Plaza Lights, which brings back memories of my childhood home. The Kansas City Country Club Plaza was the country’s first suburban shopping center, and since 1925,  Chistmas has been celebrated there with a lighting display. My earliest memories are of “going to see the lights.” Today fully 80 miles of Christmas lights  outline the Spanish-Influenced architectural features of the buildings.

Almost everyone writes a brief personal greeting in his or her own hand. Distant friends write longer notes, updating me on their lives. Many of these people I see more or less frequently; to be honest I know I will never see some of them again. But the Christmas cards—and especially their sender’s handwriting—keep the circle unbroken.

I wish all my readers

xmas greeting & signature

7 thoughts on “Thank Goodness for Christmas Cards

  1. Hello Mary,

    That was beautifully expressed! I too cherish the (few) cards I get from friends and loved ones. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  2. I absolutely agree. I have a friend who has a contest for best Christmas Card. He has a party and brings out all his cards and people vote. I have won twice! I also use them as decoration in my house at Christmas time. It seems I am getting fewer and fewer but I guess i am sending out fewer so . . .
    This post has made me think I better send some out! Someone is waiting for my card!
    Merry Christmas!


    1. I love the idea of the party. But shouldn’t your friend have categories? You know, like the Oscars or the Tonys. “Best family photo card,” “Best original drawings/poems,” “Best commercial card,” etc.


      1. Yes,yes. I think he does have categories and then overall best! I have never been to the party, which may actually be very small . . . just a few close friends. i have been notified later that my card won. Very funny. There is no prize. Just the knowledge that your card made such a wonderful impression.
        Still haven’t sent cards. Does making a CD count? I guess not because my handwriting isn’t on it:)


  3. I, too, have a fondness for Christmas cards. Unfortunately, everyone I’ve asked says the same thing; as the years go by they are receiving fewer and fewer cards.

    With the increasing popularity of social media among today’s youth, some say that the sending of traditional Christmas cards will become a thing of the past. I hope they are wrong!

    May you and your readers have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013.



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