Christmas Cards…do you do them or not? I’ve done one for as long as I can remember and I’m too scared to stop doing them lest I send the message that the printed word is dead in my house. The printed word is always going to be alive here in this house…it may also be surrounded by many digital words, but I’m of the opinion that digital and print can happily co-exist.
In order that my Christmas card is also vaguely informative (teacher much?), I very often add a ‘Top Reads in the Daley Household’ list of books to the back. Each member of the house (dog and chickens included) has to list their favourite books for the year. I love reading recommendations from friends, so sharing our own seems a sensible use of space to me! Here is last years, with the book list on the back:
For many years now I have printed my card with Vistaprint. As discussed previously I may or may not have a slight addiction to Vistaprint, but it’s nearly Christmas so I have an excuse for this order.
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 – win all round. Last week we debated the Christmas card dilemma. 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.
So the Wise Women and I are forging ahead with our cards.
For those that said they couldn’t read the titles from the above card, here they are again.
‘The Happiest Refugee’ by Ahn Do
The ‘Chaos Walking’ series by Patrick Ness
The ‘Tomorrow When the War Began’ series by John Marsden (this was a re read!)
‘Just a Dog’ by Michael Gerard Bauer
‘Noni the Pony’ by Alison Lester
‘Tom Tom’ by Sullivan and Huxley
‘Can we Lick the Spoon Now’ by Goess and Ainslie
‘Jessica’s Box’ by Peter Carnavas
‘Sacred Hearts’ by Sarah Dunnart
‘Lovesong’ by Alex Miller
‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ by Levithan And Green
‘Food I Love’ by Neil Perry
‘The Luxe’ series by Anna Godbersen
‘The Lacuna’ by Barbara Kingsolver
‘Fearless’ by Davis and Thompson
‘The Chook Book’ by Jackie French