In what will likely feel like the most (and least) 2020 move ever, I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t sent Christmas cards since 2017. I can give you all kinds of reasons for that, most of which feel like hollow platitudes in 2020.
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In October, the soul-crushing realities of the pandemic started crashing over me again and I was desperate to hang on to the holiday season for as long as possible to escape from a myriad of realities that our country was facing.
I bought Christmas trees and travel ornaments. I decorated well early than anyone would ever admit to doing. I flipped through the typical gold foil cards that we order, but my sparkle and shine felt a little muted. Thus, I ordered a card that felt both appropriate for my feelings in that moment but also allowed us to catch up with friends and family that we haven’t seen in 2020 (and before).
I used Minted envelope addressing and felt a sense of sadness for the family members lost this year. I thought of marriages, divorces, new babies, and all the moments that have happened in between. I wondered about address changes, name changes, and added some new friends to the list.
When the cards arrived, they were just as perfect as I hope they would be. I sealed them with washi tape from Penny Post and when I dropped them in the mail, I felt a sense of accomplishment. There are a lot of things that I haven’t enjoyed about 2020, but sending mail always sparks a bit of joy for me.
Merry Christmas, friends.