Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Cards

As I was writing my post for today, I remembered the reason for this blog is to talk about our writing. Well.... I haven't written much since NANOWRIMO. I got sick around Thanksgiving and since then, I've been sleeping late and going to bed early. I'll be glad to get back on track. I want to get up at the crack of dawn, type a page or two on the keyboard and add to my story. I suppose I just need to get through the holidays, enjoy my family and friends, and pick up writing when it is all over. Luckily, my mind is still working and the plot is still churning in my mind.

But back to Christmas Cards....

... I love receiving them. I love sending them. This year, however, Christmas snuck up on me and I didn't have any Christmas photos made of us, or just my daughter. And by the time I purchased Christmas Cards to send, it was the Saturday before Christmas. What was was the point of sending any this year? Some of the cards may not have reached their destination until after Christmas. Plus, I still didn't have time to dedicate to addressing them. Hopefully, next year, I can find the Christmas cards I bought this year and send them next year. :)

I'm not here to whine about what I didn't get to this year. What I wanted to address is: what do you do with the Christmas cards when Christmas has passed?

For the last few years, I've saved them. I don't know what I'm going to do with them. I thought about making an album of just Christmas cards. They are very pretty.

Recently, I learned something new, another way to handle those beautiful and thoughtful Christmas cards we receive.

I attended a Christmas Tea earlier this month. Gigi Graham brought a message and Pam Pierce sang. It was entertaining and uplifting. Part of the program, Gigi and Pam sat on stage and simply talked. Pam added a little humor here and there while Gigi started talking about what the Graham's (she is Evangelist Billy Graham's daughter) did at Christmas. According to Gigi, her mother and father had a grand time teasing the kids about Santa Claus, even leaving his boots prints by the fireplace as if he had come down the chimney.

Then Gigi mentioned the Christmas Cards. At dinner each night, her family would take one Christmas card out of what they'd received and would say a prayer for the person or family that sent it and then they would throw it away.

I thought that was a nice idea. In the past, I've skipped to throwing them away. That seems like such a waste. Someones time in signing the card, or having the picture made was wasted. I liked Gigi's suggestion of praying for the family. The family doesn't even know what you're doing, but you are interceding on their behalf, and sending up a prayer for them. What a wonderful gift to them! And what a wonderful gift if what you prayed for this family is blessed later on. Nevertheless, God is working all around us and this simple, but effective idea is a way to lift up our friends and loved ones.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas week. Wow, it's almost coming to an end. Let's not waste one moment we have. Enjoy your family, forget your woes, and tell each other how much you love them.

Merry Christmas!


  1. OH, great idea about praying over the cards. NICE! I might have to start doing that as well.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

  2. I love the card idea, too! I always re-read them once more before throwing them away. but I love this new idea. I'll do it!

    Thanks, Christy. I hope you're feeling all better now.