The Christmas Card Dilemma

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The Christmas Card Dilemma

Last year I spoke about the Christmas card dilemma (first world problem) – to do or not to do. My family and I have had a few not so good years, and for me, I think my annual Christmas card says, “we’re still here and we so appreciate and love all those in our ‘village’”. Despite tricky times, there are always moments of beauty in life and Christmas is a time to celebrate the lovely times. Below are some of my cards from the last few years.

Peace Joy Sugar

Photo Credit: http://www.liquoricelane.com.au

Once a month or so I go out with my Wise Women for dinner and gelato. These two girls are the wisest women I know, and they also like to eat and debate life – wins all round. The Wise Women and I decided that for us these things were important in putting together our Christmas card:

Christmas is NOT about these things:

a)      This has been a fabulous year for me

b)      My children/cat/dog/fish/chooks are perfect and more beautiful than yours

c)       I am so clever because I constantly travel to beautiful places and you don’t

d)      I am a creative genius and make original cards

e)      The next year is going to be even more perfect than this one was.

Christmas is about many things, including:

a)      Pausing and reflecting on the year that has been –the ugly times and the times that were joyful

b)      Acknowledging that you are still here and you know what time of year it is

c)       Identifying that there are tiny specks of good stuff amongst the ugly that sometimes invades and overwhelms our lives

d)      Celebrating that we are blessed by the people around us who share the digital and/or real air that we breathe…on this journey of mixed blessings

e)      Hope. Peace. Joy.

As a bookish type I often include a list of books which everyone in the family has enjoyed – cause surely everyone loves a book recommendation?!

Photo Credit: http://www.liquoricelane.com.au

Peace Love JoyPostcard template from PicklebumsThe postcard template above can be found on the fab Picklebums blog.

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8 Comments

  1. Rach on Dec 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I love these ideas 🙂 I am the queen of painstakingly writing out all the cards and then forgetting to mail them.

    • Anonymous on Dec 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Oh my glory me too!! I often find a stack of 10 cards in early Jan that didn’t get posted!!!!!!!

  2. Bec @ The Plumbette on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve been slack on the Christmas Card front this year. I usually get some printed and send them out. I love the list about what Christmas Cards are not about. All your cards are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Jody at Six Little Hearts on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Great cards! I have stopped posting some years ago. It made me enjoy Christmas a little more too! I just don’t have the time anymore. Thankfully I have friends who can’t be bothered either! I do love the personalised cards though and always appreciate those!
    I did have some printed a year or two ago and then misplaced them in the house somewhere!

  4. Wendy Parks on Dec 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I love all your Christmas cards! And I whole-heartedly endorse your rules for card writing – how good are they?
    xxx

    • Anonymous on Dec 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Aww thanks! Yep I’ve tried hard to cut right through to my reasons for doing cards!

  5. Jacinta on Dec 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    It is so lovely to be reminded of what Christmas is about. Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

  6. EssentiallyJess on Dec 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Oh what great ideas!
    We never do Christmas cards, and never have. Not really sure why, just never thought about it

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