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. My neighbors wrap lights around all their tree trunks and I just can't go there. Way too much work for me. In fact, they're out this evening doing just that. I have to get through Thanksgiving before I can do Christmas lights.
, your cards are just lovely. Is that cross-stitch? or embroidery? I used to make tree ornaments with cross-stitch swatches attached to canning jar disks. Lots of fun! I've given them all away as gifts now.
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I make my own Christmas cards - about 60 or so. I really enjoy it and the reactions of the recipients. And I confess, I do like glitter - if you can't have glitter at Christmas, when can you have it.? But it's too messy to use for the cards I make. However the holographic paper I use a lot probably has a plastic element. Christmas needs to be sparkly in my book..……...
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement
' - Helen Keller
Most paper is made from managed forests, and if we don’t use paper then they wouldn’t be managed and jobs in the industry would drop. So while I generally agree it’s good not to consume stuff unnecessarily I think sending a few cards once a year is a good exception. I don’t like glitter tho anyway.
I'm not into the whole 'cards' thing... seems a bit of a pointless carry-over from the days when it was difficult to keep in touch with people by other means. And the whole social politics thing of keeping tally of who sent you a card last year, should you send relative x a card this time, etc etc… the whole thing seems like a lot of emotional labour to spend over something that goes in the bin on New Years Day. Spend that energy actually catching up with people who really matter most to you in person!
Sometimes it's not that easy though
. I am still in touch with people that l haven't seen for years (and not just at Christmas), sometimes by new fangled things like email, and sometimes old fashioned means like letters. Things such as age and logistical difficulties mean we are unlikely to meet up in person again, but we do still care for each other.
You are right, it's a generation thing, and there are those who look on it as a kind of competition (don't get me started on those round robin things ! ).
l'm sure it will eventually die out, but as long as there is some way of showing people we are thinking about them whether in person or not, that's fine by me
I like sending and receiving cards. They are part of my Christmas decorations and, as I said in my last post, they are a good way of keeping in touch with English friends as I live in SW France. They can go in the recycling afterwards or be used to make cards for next year or as labels for presents.
I always buy charity cards and think of the jobs they provide for people and they help the Post Offices to keep going. So many Post Offices have shut in Dordogne in the last few years, jobs lost. I find it so inconvenient, I have to drive even further to buy stamps. Inconvenient for local village French people too as they often use the Post Office as a bank.
I wish that more birthday cards were 20gm or under, most are just over and the French price goes up at 20gm. It's 100gm in England. I buy most of my cards in England, far most choice of charity cards, the French never used to send cards much so far less choice and they are more expensive.
Dordogne and Norfolk
I'm another fan of Christmas cards as most of my friends and family are now scattered far and wide. And like
they're part of my Christmas decorations.
I usually buy charity cards but have deviated this year because my niece is selling some of her lovely artwork cards on Etsy. I'm not keen on glitter but I expect I'll receive some from my grandchildren!
I enjoy sending and receiving Christmas cards, I used to make my own but can no longer do so (no glitter used but other decorative features were often included). I too like to show my love and affection to those who I feel closer to with an annual card, my one sadness is our list is diminishing in number as the years pass - it happens to us all, especially those without Grandchildren.
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I make my own cards and have for years. I have just finished a load this evening. I use
, among other things. I love sending cards to friends and family I love and don't see often. I feel that it's an important connection as all of us have lived all over the world and continue to be scattered. I add in a letter, sometimes homemade soap. In don't see the point at all of signing a card with "best wishes" and a signature, when it's an opportunity to share our news and put some love in with it. Living overseas a lot and growing up before email, I have always been a letter writer and still am. I often send prints of my own photos or art work, so in a way, the cards are presents also. I send about 20 cards a year, so not very onerous but very meaningful re the people I choose to send to.
For me, it's more a celebration of winter and marking the end of the year - time passing. Solstice is more meaningful to me than Christmas which is just a plastic consumer-fest. I bring in the ivy and holly from my garden. I hang my dried physalis lanterns around the house. All very low key. I like the winter food aspect - though Christmas day stuff for me. Fresh ginger tea is always on the stove from Nov. Homemade apple cake is great for the weekends. Stews, mulled wine, baked squash - a celebration of winter. All good stuff, shared with friends by the fire.
I heard my first carols yesterday
December 20th I could handle at a distance. November is satanic.
Central Norfolk UK
That all sounds absolutely lovely
“I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.”
Winnie the Pooh