The last week of November is here. I look at it as bonus time to get a few things finished or to get a head start before December arrives.
The tradition of sending Christmas cards is one that I love. Receiving this personal mail reminds me of faithful relationships and provides a connection to others beyond technology.
Whether a card comes with glitter, three-dimensional art, gold and silver letters, vellum lining, shiny graphics, embossed or just a plain card with a simple image, its eye candy for sure! There’s no doubt about it…this is happy mail! What other time of year does mail come so creatively portrayed on a piece of paper with thoughtful words inside declaring GOOD NEWS? Not just good news but THE Good News.
Although I’ve not finished sending mine, completion is very near. You might be thinking of not sending Christmas cards for the first time this year. I think even those of us who love the tradition are tempted in this way. Maybe you have so many people to send them to and it seems overwhelming. Or perhaps you think you are the only one that actually sends them anymore?
I want to encourage you not to give in to these ideas. Here are 5 reasons to send Christmas cards:
- Real mail – People love to get it and it’s not a bill or junk mail and will be received well.
- Remembering in prayer – I know a family that keeps every card they receive. In the coming year they pull a card and pray for that person or family.
- Recycled but Real – Some people keep the cards using the imagery to make other crafts. And, it’s a way to keep the REAL meaning of Christmas alive when you choose cards about Jesus!
- Reminiscent – Each card represents a friendship and is a personal act of love. I’ve been known to keep them from year to year.
- Reflective – Sending cards through the mail seems like it’s from another era. Keeping this tradition alive gives people a few moments in their day to reflect on the family or friend who sent them a card.
When someone makes the effort to purchase the cards, fill out the cards, and mail the cards, that is a thoughtful act! Whether you enclose a photo or a gospel tract or just your signature, receiving them is a blessing.
There’s no other way to look at it. It takes time, money, effort, and intention to send Christmas cards. Let’s keep this tradition alive and keep sending Christmas cards!
Sending Christmas cards is a good way to let your friends and family know that you think they’re worth the price of a stamp. Melanie White