Before I share how you can enter the giveaway I am having, I'd like for you to consider something. Do you still have in your possession a card from someone? Why do you still have it? How did receiving the card make you feel? How does it still make you feel today?
Okay, now back to the GIVEAWAY!
I'm having a giveaway of some happy mail of a set of FOREVER personalized cards! Simply answer this question:
Do you like to send out...or receive...Christmas and/or Holiday Cards*?
*Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Chrismukkah, and New Year's.
Share your response either in a comment on this post, on my FB page, or on Instagram to enter. Drawing will be held on Monday, Oct. 8, and winner will be announced on Tuesday the 9th.
Can I share my response with you?
I have great intention to send out Christmas cards every year, but I can't remember the last time I got them actually to the post office. Last year was the closest I've gotten in a while. I had all of the envelopes addressed. I just never got stamps on them.
I have also noticed that my mailbox has been getting less and less filled with Christmas cards from friends and family, even businesses. I believe it to be a combination of things. First, I believe I have fallen off a lot of people's mailing lists since they believe they were knocked off of mine since they stopped receiving a card from me and my family. Second, I believe people see cards as a waste of resources and not good for the environment. "It's just going to get thrown away after the holidays, anyway." Third, I believe people are simply not seeing the value in a card anymore. We all do more of our communications in the way of text, email, and social media posts. It's easier and quicker to digitally send our holiday well wishes, and the perception is that people prefer that method nowadays.
I'm not one of those people. I LOVE getting snail mail. It means the world to me to receive a handwritten note of love, even if that handwritten note is typed. Probably even more so nowadays, because it is easier to type one message for everyone on your list and hit the return button to send. No need to take time to address an envelope, lick it close, purchase and place a stamp on it and drop it off at the post office or in a mailbox. (Are there mailboxes around anymore other than at the post office?)
By not sending cards out, the sender creates more time to do the things that are more meaningful for the holiday spirit, right? Or does it really?
I have some thoughts about the first, second, and third reasons I list above for why people may not send out Christmas cards. Here they are:
First, don't play the quid pro quo game of I'll only send Christmas cards to those that send one to me. Live the Golden Rule...or a tweak of it...that goes something like this: "Give others a card because you like how it makes you feel to receive one, even if they don't send you one first, or ever."
Second, keep Bob the Builder in mind. "Reuse, recycle!" (Okay, so I left off reduce. I totally agree with reducing! But, regarding cards, I personally see so many opportunities to bless someone with them...like a card ministry! So, I would rather focus on reusing & recycling the cards!) So, don't throw away your Christmas cards at the end of the holiday season. Here are some ideas of what you can do with Christmas cards each year:
What other ideas do you have? Please share with us!
Third, don't shortcut the Christmas spirit! Don't try to cut corners thinking it will give you more time to add more Christmas spirit to your season. Christmas cards can have a very powerful effect on the recipient of your love with the card!
Even if you only can get around to sending out 1 card this year, do it with sincere joy! In fact, keep the Christmas spirit going all year long! Send out a card (any type of card) once a day, once a week, or once a month...whatever your ONE is for you that you can do with sincere joy, do it! Maybe you'll find yourself sending out 10 or 20 cards the following year, maybe even more.
But, there will be seasons in your life that you just simply cannot get your cards sent. That's ok. Embrace your season. Don't beat yourself up and feel discouraged. Don't let it steal your Christmas joy! Just return to focusing on ONE card the next time you can.
Let's appreciate the power a card sent with love can have!
Bob the Builder really does say it best: REDUCE (our belief that cards are a thing of the past), REUSE (the love we feel when we receive a card) and RECYCLE (make new keepsakes with our cards and perpetuate the power of the card's blessing)!
Just a reminder...Enter my giveaway by sharing your response to whether you like to send...or receive...Christmas cards! Thanks for reading my response! But, don't feel like you will only win the giveaway if agree with my response. It is a random drawing, so please share your honest response! Whether you send or receive cards or not, make all of the words you share, be it digitally or handwritten, be words of building up!
Good luck! I hope you win the giveaway!
Hi! I'm Bonnie.