Next on my list… Christmas cards. No pressure if you don’t buy into this tradition! It is something I really enjoy doing, keeping in touch with old friends and reminding people I see more often that they are special in my life! Having lived Army life for twenty-one years before settling down to civilianhood means we have friends all over the place; literally everywhere. So, the search begins on my laptop for my trusty ol’ Christmas card list and…. what? new computer since last year…. list not found…. are you kidding me? But being a bit of a pack rat in certain obscure areas of life, I still have the cards we received last year. I sort through the pile and marry up names and addresses for most everyone. But there are some missing, and I think maybe I will just wait for a card to come in (fingers crossed). Then a flash drive is discovered, list recovered, and I move forward in my project, touching base with much loved people, no matter how distant.
On the flip side of this, are the cards we receive with pictures of kids growing way too fast, trips taken, and families gathered. How grateful I am for this peek into the worlds of those who have been a part of my own story through the years. There is one Christmas card that I get out and read all year long. Yes, it is THAT special! It is a card laced with lights and music and pictures that remind me of the great joy that we celebrate. The words paint a picture that makes me pause every time. Simple. Direct. Earth shaking.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
Send Christmas Cards. Don’t send Christmas cards. I will love you regardless. Just be sure you open this card from Luke that is just waiting for you to read.