I remember the large six foot felt candy cane that hung in our family room when I was little. Handmade by my mom, the candy cane was stitched by sewing alternates of red and white felt pieces. There were slits in them to store our Christmas cards as we received them from family and friends.
Though my mom has passed on, I still have that candy cane and the memories of holidays at home. The best memories. To me, Christmas cards mean so much. Though we live in a world where texts and facebook messages quickly share holiday wishes, today I’m sharing the top 3 reasons I still send Christmas cards, courtesy of Tiny Prints with this sponsored post.
Top 3 Reasons I Still Send Christmas Cards
Yes, I still send Christmas cards. Call it “old school” or call me old-fashioned, but there’s just something missing without Christmas cards.
I should know. Last year, I spent the holidays with a broken foot. Oh, the holidays were still full of joy and things that matter most, but there was something missing as the house wasn’t decorated very much, there were no outside lights and no Christmas cards sent. This year I’m making up for it!
I Love to Receive Christmas Cards
I’m starting my list with a confession. I LOVE to receive Christmas cards. And let’s be honest, if you don’t send them out, sometimes you get dropped from a season’s greetings list. I don’t like to be dropped from a list.
In fact, here’s another confession. You know those holiday card organizers? Well, I still have all my old ones. That means I can tell you for the last few decades who has and hasn’t sent me Christmas cards. I know who has dropped me. But I also know who I dropped.
Some people just don’t send Christmas cards anymore. I understand, but I don’t like it.
I still get excited each December day as I rummage through the mail in the hopes of a special envelope. It’s something that stems from my childhood. I adored sitting on the couch and looking through the cards and family pictures my parents received. It was a tradition that I still loved to do even when visiting my parents house as an adult.
I Re-Connect with Loved Ones
I’ll admit, most of those on my Christmas card list also happen to be facebook friends of mine. That means they see when I travel, know what big milestones we’ve hit throughout the year, and certainly have seen how big my daughter has gotten.
But there are those who aren’t on facebook. It’s one reason I like to send a Tiny Prints Christmas Card, one that is customizable with a picture, or several pictures. I’m reminded of how many family members and friends we don’t see very often because we are spread out over the country (and some overseas). They’ll be surprised when they see how tall a certain someone has gotten this year and spy that we started the holidays with a special Christmas cruise.
As I sit and take the time to address the envelope, I’m reminded of why this person is in my life. It’s a great reminder, often followed by a phone call or special note. Sometimes it’s just been too long since I’ve connected with someone.
I Use the Christmas Cards All Year Long – See How
This tradition in my family started just after I was a married. A mutual friend of ours spoke of this Christmas tradition with the cards they received and it made me feel so good. I absolutely HATE throwing out holiday cards, don’t you? Well, with this tradition, you don’t have to.
We gather up all the Christmas cards received and each night at dinner starting in January, we take the first card out and pray for that family. Each night we select a different card, rotating them from front to back throughout the year. It’s a great way for my family to focus on others and remember our loved ones throughout the year.
This year I had so much fun shopping the Tiny Prints Christmas Cards and Tiny Prints Holiday Cards. You just know the perfect card when you see it and mine was Stamped Suede: Spanish Red Flat holiday card! Perfection plus the deals are awesome!
The reasons I still send Christmas cards may be simple, but they fill my heart, and I hope to continue doing it as long as I live.