Some people hoard food.
Other people hoard shoes.
Some people even hoard trash.
But I hoard Christmas cards.
I have come to terms with my addiction. I am at peace with it.
And for the record, I prefer the title Christmas Card Connoisseur.
Over the years, I have received some really sweet words of comfort in Christmas cards sent by some very dear friends and family. Most of these people probably don't even know how much their gesture meant to me at the time. But they meant the world to me, so I started saving them, of course.
Some people put a lot of effort into what they say in their cards and letters.
Some put a lot of effort into the pictures they include.
Some are handmade.
Some have a wicked sense of humor.
(This one is a tame one for sure...but had me laughing out loud last year.
Can you see that even their dog and cat are wearing Snuggies?)
Still others keep it short and sweet.
Is it creepy that I still have the last five years-worth of the Hopson family's Christmas letter?
I admit that sometimes I even hang up my favorite cards year after year...like this one that I received from the DC Temple presidency while I was an ordinance worker there.
Each family's card is different and reflects their personal style.
Last night, as I laid my personal Christmas card collection out on the floor, I realized that together they form a beautiful "quilt" of sorts that represents years and years of Christmases in all of our collective lives. And I realized how the simple act of sending someone a Christmas card weaves you into their lives each year and into their Christmas celebration. These people are certainly woven into my heart as well
Perhaps, this is why I cannot bring myself to throw out a single card, (even the "pedestrian" ones,) because, of course, it's what's inside the card that matters most and the sentiment behind it that I love.
As you probably already know, Shutterfly is doing a promotion for bloggers to receive 50 free Christmas cards if they post about their cards. I have to say that I have received many-a-Shutterfly card over the years, and still have them, of course.
I'm actually not sure that I'll have time to find a family photo to use the 50 free cards for myself, but if I qualify for this offer (which I should, shouldn't I...I mean, I'm like a Christmas card connoisseur!) Anyway, if I do qualify and don't have time to get my family in for a photo session, I'll most likely pass the prize on to one of my lucky readers, but to be entered you'll have to leave a comment on this post.
A special thank you from me to you for reading all the way to the end!
Have a great weekend!