Thanks for popping in. It’s time to make those Christmas cards, isn’t it? The post office will be caving this season, what with all the online shopping we are resorting to in an attempt to stay safe. So the sooner we get them in the post – the better!
I imagine most of you good people will have already made a good start, and many of you will alrady have finished yours! Ask me how I’m getting on. Go on, I dare you!! Did you know that the British send almost 1 billion Christmas Cards a year! No wonder Postman Pat is overwhelmed!!
Actually, this year I may print mine from a SHAC-Shack drawing. The Christmas Village we did together perhaps.
Or the long winter scene we made into a bookmark.
Haven’t made my mind up yet. Actually, last Friday on telly I liked a really simple one I did to demonstrate those new texture stamps. That was very quick and easy too.
Either way I shall have to get a wriggle on if I’m going to get ahead of the postal curve and join in the 1 BILLION card movement.
On the subject of cards, once we clear the orders from the Gray Friday Sale, Jilly and I shall start boxing up and sending those lovely cards that you made a few weeks ago out to various worthy charities. Sorry it’s taken so long, but it takes a while to sort, match up with envelopes and bag. We’ll get there.
This year, more than any year in my lifetime, I feel the need to not only make (or at least send!) a card, but to write a few letters too. For far too many years, Christmas has just been a circus, a frenzy of spending far too much, eating far too much and generally tear arsing around. For a few years I’ve been wishing it would slow down, so that I could just take time to reflect on Life – and my part in it. Which just goes to show – be careful what you wish for! This year, it will just be Dave, myself and the kittens. But I know many of you spend Christmas alone every year. This year there’ll be thousands more of us isolating along with you, trying to minimise the spread of Covid infection.
Who knows, perhaps there’ll be more empathy going forward, for those living alone, the lonely and the elderly, who aren’t actually doing anything different this year. This is how their lives always are. Think about that.
Back to writing letters. I WANT to write to my nearest and dearest. Even though I could Facetime or text or pick up the phone of course, I would pen things that I would never say on the phone. It’s been many years since I applied myself in that way, with a pen and paper. Typing a round robin newsletter isn’t what I mean either. That’s always nice to receive, but no. I mean I want to THINK. Think about the person I am writing to, speak from the heart. There is a sense of wanting to speak my truth, instead of bla bla bla . Do you get me?
During lockdown, I personally have received so many beautiful handmade cards with special handwritten messages (largely of appreciation for the SHAC-Shack). And they stop me in my tracks every time. Generous lovely gifts from kind and thoughtful people. There are lovely handmade things all over the house. Great energy. I keep the cards and letters too, and from time to time I read them again. It restores my faith in the human race.
Here’s a thought. How about we each make a card for everybody else in the whole Clarity family, and post it on Clarity Worldwide on Christmas Eve, together with a message of love and good will? Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday this year. It would give us all something lovely to enjoy, and somewhere to get together. And on Christmas Day, Friday, I was thinking we could meet in the SHAC Shack at 10 am as usual, with a mince pie and a cup of tea? I’ll think of something neat to doodle, something for us to do together. Just for an hour. I know that many of you will be busy, but there will also be many who will appreciate a little get together.
Time to go find the kittens and make sure they aren’t demolishing the kitchen! Blimey! They’re a handful now! Beautiful and brave. I love them very much.