Christmas cards are my favorite part of the entire holiday season. I feel like I can still capture a bit of that old-fashioned magic by savoring both the sending and the receiving of holiday mail. I collect all the cards we receive and open them up all at once on Christmas Eve. This year, we lingered over the envelopes and asked the boys if they knew who each card was from. If they didn’t recognize the name, we told them how we knew the person and usually a little story too. Good stuff!
I faithfully save the photos people send and usually I put them in a photo album, however, it seems the picture cards and the pockets in my album are out of synch. Really, if I look back over the past few years, that is obvious, as the photo cards are mostly just stuck willy-nilly in between the pages. Instead of just stuffing this year’s cache into the mess, I hole punched the cards and tied them with string. I made sure to include a copy of our photo and family update. And on a whim, I also wrote a few quick notes of memories I wanted to savor. I think it took me 15 minutes start to finish. If there were world enough and time, I would go back and do this for all the previous years, but there is a limit to my good intentions. I still have photos of my own children to put in albums, starting from about, oh, 2008. That’s not happening either.
Good luck with your own tucking away of memories this weekend. I hope the holiday season was one to treasure!