I just mailed out our Christmas cards and gifts. This is hardly considered news because plenty of people do this every year. What makes this year different for me is that I did the mailing on Tuesday, January 3rd, and not before the holidays (gasp!). Unheard of for me. I always get the cards in the mail and gifts packaged and sent in plenty of time. This year? What can I say? Too much going on and guess what? It’s fine.
This is my better late than never attitude.
Don’t sweat it
Eventually is good enough. We make all our cards each year and sign them. Yes, we send a lot of cards but I love to send cards with a little update and to keep in touch in this very low-tech way. I’m helping the US Postal service stay in business, too.
This year’s design involved using old map scraps. I love how they turned out.
Even our kids sign the cards.
Time is a luxury
There are only so many hours in a day. No one can do it all. I could have stayed up late and skipped doing some fun activities but I didn’t want to miss any opportunities to be with my family. Or to take a nap. Or to read, play a game, relax, and enjoy. Time is a luxury and one that should be valued.
Next year, plan to do it differently
I may do this or not. Things don’t always go as planned, do they? I was busier with my site than I had planned in December (which is a good thing!) and we had started to re-do our main floor bathroom ourselves which really put a crimp in our time. With those activities plus the additional holiday cheer I wanted to share, I didn’t want to spread myself too thin.
And so, yes, dear family and friends the cards and gifts are on their way. Next year, I’m sure they’ll be arriving earlier in the month of December. Or perhaps not…there was no line at the post office, I didn’t pay additional fees to expedite packages, and the postal clerks were extra friendly and cheerful. I may be on to something.
How were your holidays? Enjoyable and peaceful I hope.
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Displaying holiday cards – don’t put them away, just leave them out to enjoy