’Tis the night before Christmas, and guess what? I’m not ready!
No surprise there. I often leave my holiday tasks until the last minute. This past weekend, I finally purchased presents for my nieces and nephews, and I finally finished the cards. Actually, to be honest, I started and finished the cards. Every year, I promise myself I’m going to get that task done earlier. This year, I put together the list and the labels the second week of December. But did I start the cards? Nope.
Christmas cards are a point of pride, I guess. I’ve lived in a lot of different places, working different jobs, and when I move on, I don’t promise to keep in touch. I do figure I’ll send a Christmas card, though. I change the list every year, so there are people on my list who weren’t a few years back, and people on lists from years past who are no longer there, for whatever reason.
I also am fairly particular about my cards. They must include a dove. Simple as that. The card must have a dove.
You can see some of my choices here. This one is my favorite; I just purchased two boxes, although I sent cards with this design several years ago. It’s a Picasso, and the inside says, “May the spirit of the holiday bring you peace and joy. Merry Christmas.” Nice and simple.
Red with desert buildings, this card has been in my Christmas sack for a while. I must have purchased a lot of boxes that year, or my list was fairly short. Inside, it says “Celebrate this joyous season on the wings of peace. Merry Christmas.” I particularly like “on wings of peace.”
The words “peace,” “joy” and “love” are repeated inside this oldie but goodie. “Peace, love & joy – may these be your gifts this Christmas. Merry Christmas.”
Small cards work, too, as long as the dove is present. The blue background card is another favorite, with its simple sentiment, “Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season.”
And the other new one in my card collection, while not as colorful, is just as great in its simplicity: “Joy and Peace To You This Holiday Season.”
So now that the cards are in the mail, and the presents are wrapped and safely under trees, I’d like to take this opportunity to say “Happy Holidays!” and may your 2009 be filled with peace, joy and love.