I finally got my Christmas cards all done and mailed today. I was just going to send cards with no Christmas letter. In years past I’ve sort of set the bar too high by writing a Christmas poem about our year, and I just wasn’t feeling that creative this year.
I started to do a Christmas letter with pictures two nights ago, but couldn’t get the pictures do what I wanted in Word. So I gave up. When I told my husband I was thinking of not doing a letter, he said, “But you are so good with words, don’t let the picture problems stop you.”
Then this morning my son asked me what I was writing in our Christmas cards. I replied, “Their name at the top, and Love, Linda, Randy, and Benton at the bottom.” “Lame,” he said. Or was it more like, “Laaaaaaame!”
Next I talked to my mother-in-law on the phone and mentioned I was finishing Christmas cards, but hadn’t written a letter. She said they had received three cards today and two didn’t even have letters. “We love getting all the Christmas letters,” she said.
So I wrote a Christmas letter telling about our trip to New York City, my son’s 10th grade exploits, my husband’s backpacking adventures, my ventures into blogging, and how our dog and cat are taking good care of us. I closed with this wish and prayer:
We hope this Christmas you are blessed by the most wonderful Christmas gift of all, Immanuel, God with us! May the joy of God’s love found in a manger dwell in your hearts forever.
Even if you are not on my Christmas card list, this wish and prayer is for you, too! Christmas is just a few days away and I pray that, in the midst of all the busyness of the season, you don’t miss the wonder of what this celebration is all about. Peace and Merry Christmas!