I was that little girl who utterly believed in Santa, and the magic of Christmas. To this day the feelings and joy of belief in Santa enchants me. I adore stories that validate my childish memories and build my depth of belief in the Christmas spirit.
Like many children I discovered the painful truth by accident. One morning I was looking for my father, and stumbled across him in the neighbors garage. I saw he and our neighbor were putting together one of those little play kitchens and before he could see me I ran off. You can imagine what I realized when that very toy kitchen was sitting next to our tree on Christmas morning.
I never told him what I knew, but by the next year my Santa connection sadly was over. Yet, I still wanted to believe.
This blog was prompted by me watching Hallmark Christmas in Summer movies. What can I say?
What are your memories, feelings, and emotions that fill your heart for the upcoming season?
I have a collection of Christmas cards that come from several years. They were the last one or two left in the box, unused. I have counted them and I found I have no need to purchase cards this year. The leftovers will take care of my needs. I don’t send out nearly as many I did in the past. It seems cards aren’t the thing they once were.
My mother-in-law, like many of her generation sent out dozens of cards often with school photos, a Christmas letter or both. They kept track of friends who have moved away, family in distant places, and acquaintances who were now only “Christmas card friends.” Do you read the Christmas letters when you get one?
This Saturday hubby and I will be meeting our daughter to take a photo with our grandson. This photo will be included in our Christmas cards for close friends and family. My daughter was teasing that instead of being in the picture she will be taking it! We will, however, be taking photos of her and Charlie for her own Christmas greetings.
When we get photo cards (I never get around to getting those made😜) I save them. They are precious records of people I care about. One day I plan to put them in a scrap book showing how families have grown up.
I remember mailing fifty cards (hubby and I each signed them,) hoping the addresses were correct and if returned would include a forwarding address. Now most of these have been replaced with Facebook and Instagram holiday greetings.
Will the actual cards become a thing of the past?
What will USPS do with all those holiday themed stamps?