Natalia J. Garland
Who sent Christmas cards to you this year? Probably your
relatives, friends, and co-workers. I like Christmas cards. I
like sending them and I like receiving them. Some relatives,
friends, and co-workers have become separated by the passing years
and by long distances. These are people whom I can no longer talk
to or go out with. Some of them I have not seen in several years.
I refer to them as my Christmas people.
At this time each
year, I get out my organizer and look up the addresses of my
Christmas people. Sending them a Christmas card is my way of
staying connected to people who were once a very important part
of my life. I dislike letting time and distance obscure these
relationships and memories.
I enjoy extending
good wishes for the Christmas Season and the New Year. A
Christmas card is a simple yet personal way to announce the Good
News. Sometimes I enclose a note summarizing the past year's
events in my life. I know that most of my Christmas people feel
uplifted to be remembered with a pretty card. Now and then, one
of them dies and our connection, on this earth, is ended.
There are also some
people, my age, who have stopped sending Christmas cards. It has
become a chore. And postage stamps are expensive. When, after
a couple of years, I am no longer getting a card in return, I make
the decision to remove that name from my list of Christmas people.
The relationship is severed permanently. Well, it had already
been severed but I kept it going in my heart. Even I, however,
reach a point where I recognize the transient nature of
This year I removed
two Christmas people from my list. But, I acquired several new
co-workers. Life replenishes itself. I have added their names in
my organizer. I think they are worth the price of a postage
I have already
bought next year's Christmas cards, at half price. It is
a challenge and a ritual. I take pleasure in selecting just the
right card--the design, the message, the quality of the paper.
I will store them in the closet until next December. Then I will
get out my organizer and begin addressing cards to relatives,
friends, co-workers, and my Christmas people.
Until we meet