What’s the most beautiful in the pre-Christmas period? For me, it’s the season which involves the time of intense preparation. Buying gifts, cooking together or decorating our home always brings a broad smile to my face. While being a child, I was truly delighted to see a full mailbox. It was the treasury of greetings and wishes from my close and extended family members, who for different reasons, couldn’t make it to gather together at the Christmas table. I remember the moment of opening the envelopes and looking carefully at colourful pictures and neatly written words sent by my close ones. Unfortunately, as the years passed I noticed that this custom has started gradually disappearing. The pace of our lives has become really fast and we decided to take a shortcut. Lovely and colourful Christmas cards have been replaced with text messages and e-mails, which are often embellished with merry pictures, but still seem to be a massively copied and pasted text, which doesn’t have a bigger meaning to us any longer. Sometimes, when we don’t have enough time even to send e-mails or text our close ones, we simply take the phone and make meaningless phone calls reciting ready made formulas. Why do we replace such beautiful traditional ways of sending Christmas wishes with a totally impersonal babble, which makes neither the sender nor the recipient even in half as happy as it used to?
Go back in time to your childhood and recall how much happiness could both sending and receiving Christmas cards bring to your life. Spare a thought for its benefits. Think how it can bring people together. People, who live far away, and during the Christmas time can feel that family and friends simply remember about them. One little thing can remind us of what’s really important. We should also keep the youngest in mind, as they pattern themselves on us. If we don’t teach them certain traditions, they won’t pass them to further generations. Sending Christmas cards is not the only custom which is going to vanish one day, many other beautiful traditions, which have been passed from generation to generation, are certainly going to disappear in the near future.
While sitting at the computer and choosing the next text for your text messages and e-mails, try to think whether it’s exactly what you desire to do. If you have any doubts, pop into a bookshop and choose Christmas cards, which will be a personalized message for your family and friends. Find a child in yourself … as when you do that you’ll feel the real magic of Christmas again! Passion is not only a hobby, passion is the enthusiasm for things which bring us and others lots of happiness … I’ve already started! And you? What are you waiting for?
See you around!