Hello wonderful you ✨
I’m feeling so so festive, the holiday season is here and I’m loving it. A few days ago I sent out holiday cards. I had stopped sending out cards a few years ago when everyone I knew was texting holiday greetings and I also jumped on that band wagon, it just was easier, but, a couple of years ago I decided to renew that yearly ritual that brings me so much happy.
It actually started when my grandson Sean, sent me a card. It was such a wonderful surprise to go to the mail box and find it there. When I saw the beautiful card and read his loving words, it filled me with joy and made me miss honoring the season with the gift of a card. There’s a loveliness a card can fill you with that you can’t get in a text, and also for me, I love displaying the cards I receive out on my kitchen counter so I can see and enjoy them.
If you’re thinking this is crazy, you couldn’t possibly add another thing to your to do list, you’re overwhelmed as it is. Let me tell you that you do have the time if you plan it out and it can be a very calming, happy and a loving time to spend with yourself.
Here are my 6 easy tips:
- A great time to look for cards is at the end of the season when you can find them on sale. Also, some stores have their Christmas stuff out in July and sometimes you can find cards. But, mostly they get displayed around Thanksgiving or right after. I have a drawer where I toss everything into it so it’s all in one place.
- You can get a box of cards and/or individual ones. When I’m looking at individual cards, one will always pop up for a specific someone that is just perfect for them, when I get home I’ll put a sticker on the card with their name on it.
- Make a list of the people you’ll be sending a card, don’t leave it to memory. And I make sure I have everyone’s current address.
- Order stamps through the mail if you can, this will save you time.
- Mail out your cards early in December and cross them off your to do list. I actually had them all ready to go in October but that would have been a bit too early 😂 mailing my cards out during the first week in December, gives me a sense of accomplishment and I don’t have to think about it and hope everyone receives the card before Christmas.
- And most important, set aside a little time for you to do this. Put on some holiday music if you like, grab yourself a cozy cup of tea/coffee, light a candle and make this a special time for you, a pause time to feel the joy of the season while you’re filling out every card with care and love. And, you don’t have to do it all at once, you can fill out a few cards at a time if that works best for you.
I don’t have to tell you how this season can be stressful, filled with highs and lows, at times leaving us wishing it was all over and so, receiving a card in the mail is an unexpected delight, a luxury of sorts that touches our heart and fills us with gratitude and joy in a way a text never can.
My invitation to you today – why not give the unexpected and brighten someone’s day with a card that says – I’m thinking of you, happy holidays, I love you.
Well, I hope this blog post serves you and inspires you. Share your thoughts, love to hear from you.
🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻 🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻 🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻
What I’ve found delightful:
Have you ever hosted a holiday cookie swap? I haven’t, but, I gotta say it sounds like great fun, here.
This is a unique gift idea that will delight anyone’s senses, here.
What I’m reading, here.
Wishing you a happy, bright and blessed holiday season! 🎄 🥁 🎁
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