Two more Christmas cards came in yesterday's mail. I love real mail. And the greetings delivered at this time of year make me happy. Alex and Max frequently run down the driveway to check for mail. They enjoy sorting the letters and junk and then making personal drop-offs to Grandma, Grandpa, Mom and Dad. We have been taping cards, letters and pictures in the hall. We are starting to see a very nice accumulation.
The cards that include a photograph I rate the highest, and personal letters or messages are also most welcome. Grandma Nancy sent us the kind of charming card I mentioned before; it has rabbits, mice and chipmunks and they are gathering festively in their lovely home. Last year we saw lots of children posed with their pets. This year a definite Island theme has emerged. We have Tutu and Corm's greeting with an Island home at Christmas, and next to that are photographs of two different families in leis. Even Nicholas looks ready for a Mele Kalikimaka in his Aloha shirt and shorts. Two of the cards are from artists; a print from a water color painting by Julie, and Holly made angels beneath a shining star. All the cards are beautiful, thoughtful gifts.
I cannot reproach anyone for not sending us cards, because I am way behind schedule myself. The boys are like my own local elves, and I've put them to work drawing pictures for our family greeting. But now it's my turn to get busy and finish sealing and delivering. Grandmother is behind too, so I am in good company. I found a box for her; cards with angels gathering in a celestial circle. It's never too late to send wishes for Peace on Earth, and A Happy New Year.
After Christmas I'll gather them and delight in the friendships and family we enjoy. I will be glad that they thought of us and found time to share their holidays with us. And on another day, sometime in January, I will arrange greetings and pictures, cut out phrases and paste mementoes and set them all in our Christmas album. Essentially, Christmas memories are at the core of enjoying this season. I wish all of you Very Merry Memories!