Sunday, December 13, 2009

Shopping and Cards

Well, I'm at that point. The I'm-almost-done-with-Christmas-shopping-but-can't-find-the-last-few-gifts-I-need point. Let me tell you, this is not a fun point to be at. With commercials, the internet, and various other places counting down these final shopping days to Christmas, I am frustrated. Everything went so smoothly at first. I started early. Found what I wanted. At reasonable prices. And now I'm stuck. I have the feeling that finding these last few items is going to be the death of me. Because it doesn't help that many shoppers are in the same predicament as me. The stores are crowded and people are crabby and rushed.

I think I need to slow down, take a deep breath, and focus on the joy of Christmas.

So today I'm writing my Christmas cards. I love going down the list of addressees and reflecting back on the past year. Some people on the list are those I see everyday. We've shared life's ups and downs on a regular basis for the past 365 days. Then there are those on the list who I see every-once-in-a-while. It's fun to remember times gone by and catch up on recent activities. Then there are those who I don't ever get to see, but we faithfully exhange cards and news every year.

Sending cards is almost as much fun as receiving them. Each card and picture that comes in the mail is displayed on the kitchen door, allowing me to revisit them from time to time and experience the pleasure of communicating with friends and family during the season. They remind me of the joy of life, especially as the pictures show how various children have grown over the years and families have expanded.

What a wonderful time of year.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!


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Meg said...

I finished most of my shopping before Thanksgiving. But there are those few gifts that allude me.

I started my Christmas cards today too. It is a nice break. :D

Morgan Mandel said...

Yes, it is amazing to see how the pictures change from year to year. My cards should be going out today. The DH is mailing them. They're postcards I made from Vistaprint and feature my kitchen decorations and Rascal, my dog.

Morgan Mandel

Deb Larson said...

I'm still at the stage of cards and envelopes all over the table and stacked here and there! My husband finished our Christmas letter and it has yet to be stuffed into the envelopes. I thought we'd finish last night but we watched our granddaughters instead - and made Mommy & Daddy's surprise present! It was a better evening than originally planned!!:) We enjoyed each chaotic moment.
DL Larson