Love giving and receiving Christmas cards, letters, and packages.
Hand-written letters/notes, still the best.
I know. I’m old.
No card or hand-written letter from me, however, since I’m hoping for a family photo at Christmas. Think Valentine’s Day……..or Easter.
Last Sunday, Patrick ended the series on the Seven Deadly Sins and Life-giving Virtues. Humility served as the exclamation point.
Typical Christmas letters are not known for humility. It’s the time to make up things, a time for creative thinking and writing.
Who, but God, could handle the truth about me or my family? or yours, probably?
Patrick reminded us of an article in last week’s Boston Globe. Trending now, a wish to swap truth-bending Christmas letters for a slightly more honest approach. Some ideas from folks tired of trying to look good included:
“Dear Santa, We regret nothing.”
One family, “faces all aglow”, wrote, “This card has zero resemblance to our actual lives.”
And the braggart, “My kids are cuter than yours. Better luck in 2017.”
Truth is, Christmas is a tough time for many of us for lots of reasons.
Saturday, Maggie and Kate spent the night. After supper and baths, they curled up with me in the snuggery to watch Pollyanna.
We all caught onto Pollyanna’s Glad Game and the difference she made in people’s lives through her determination to find something to be glad about and coax others to do the same.
The movie noted the Bible has more than 800 references to being glad and rejoicing. I didn’t fact-check.
This I know, none of us came from, nor have perfect families, but we can all find something for which to be glad, to rejoice.
Maggie, Kate and I played the game all the way to church.
I can be glad because….
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