Tuesday, 1 December 2009


December is upon us and the first comment I have to make is that I survived NaBloPoMo!!! Yes, I posted every day for the whole of November.

I'm not sure how I managed it and it was touch and go at times when I was too tired to make the effort and I realised that I hadn't posted that day, but I didn't want to give up on this challenge.

So now I can sit back and relax (in between studying!) and think about Christmas, which is fast approaching. I haven't written a single card and I feel overwhelmed by the prospect of trawling through that card list again and sending cards to people who don't make the effort to keep in touch. I spent $50 on postage stamps and then realised that sometimes, it is time to let go. So I am thinking that this year, I will review my list and send cards to those people who are really important to me. Do other people feel like this?

The picture at the start of this post is my Advent calendar. I love opening the little windows every day on the approach to Christmas and although small, this is such a sweet design. It is from Rachel Ellen Designs and is a 'stained glass' window. I had a similar one last year and it was such fun. I delayed opening the first window until I had time to scan the card into the computer to share with you, so now I'm off to open that window...


Heidi said...

I too have not written any cards or even done my shopping. I just told my mother that I don't think I can manage it this year. I am going to forgive myself and send emails to those I care about to let them know. I am however doing the coaster giveaway so I don't feel like I am just being a Grinch this year but that I have to give in to not being able to do things because of this year's health issues.

I say follow your heart and don't allow guilt to push you. My neighbors stopped doing cards a number of years ago for the environment. They were right as they said many only keep in touch by signing love so and so on a card once a year. That card is then quickly disposed of and another tree is gone. I have to say I now see they have a point.

Your advent calender is so sweet. I love these calenders but don't have one. It is wonderful to see the various ones that bloggers have. I have a book about an advent calender that I read each year. I just posted about it on my blog.

Hugs ~

Tracy said...

That manger image is adorable...that is very cheerfully Christmas! Your are not alone in your feelings about Christmas cards, Marie. I feel very much as you do. I've not written out many cards yet and have been reviewing my own list. I realize I receive more actual paper cards from blog-friends everywhere than I do extended family back home, etc.! Last year I sent a lot of e-card type greetings. Not the same, but better than nothing, and eased my conscious about not sending something to everyone. As I grow older I realize and appreciate even more the real, true, sustained and nurtured relationships of my life and what I can do to keep cultivating them. As with all relationships, all are give and take. I'm tired of feeling guilty about the card situation. I was brought up to be polite, kind, caring. And I am... but we do have limits sometimes...LOL! Sometimes it's ok to make room on the list--room for a person who has yet to appear. :o) Happy Days as you make ready for the holidays, my friend :o9 ((BIG HUGS))