Christmas Cards …… To send or not to send?
‘Happy Christmas’ are probably the two most used words at this time of year. We may have already wished some people a Happy Christmas in person. If not, we have certainly written it on Christmas cards. I must admit that I stopped sending Christmas cards some years ago, which I believed was the right thing to do back then. Now I am not so sure. When I was first ordained I had so many friends who had meant so much to me before our ways had parted to work in different parts of the world. Having worked now in ten parishes in the dioceses, the number of friends grew bigger and bigger, so much so that I stopped sending Christmas cards.
Now that I am older I am having second thought. I regret now not having sent Christmas cards because I know that among all the acquaintances I have forgotten, I may have lost one or two friends. There are a few whose names and faces come to mind now and again and I feel a pang of regret for having neglected them. People move, addresses get lost, new faces crowd old friends out. It can easily happen to any of us.
The great thing about a Christmas card is that it keeps people in touch and while people are in touch, there is always the hope that in more favourable circumstances, old friendships can be revived. Even in spite of all my neglect there are still the few old faithful friends who never fail to send me a card. I am always touched to think that they remember me after all those years. When you have said everything there is to say against Christmas cards, it is still a nice custom in a world which is losing a lot of its nice customs. In spite of the way we abuse it, it is still a real noble and Christian act. Fr John