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(The) Romance of a Christmas Card*

I spent the whole of today writing Christmas cards. Phew. This year I made more cards than I needed and had to decide which card was best suited to each recipient. So yesterday evening I spread the whole lot over the table and assigned them individually with Post-it notes. That certainly made today’s task easier. I could have taken a photo but then some of you might see which card you’re getting:-) Some I was sorry to part with and one I like so much I’m keeping it as a decoration.

I decided a while ago that instead of using labels on the envelopes I would write each by hand, as it’s a more personal touch. I’m glad I do this because it reminds me of the wondrousness of place names. There’s something of the Shipping Forecast about them: Aberchirder, Badshot Lea, Berwick upon Tweed, Church Crookham, Green Bottom, Long Crichel. I sit at my table and travel around the British Isles. That’s romantic.

The person getting this one never sees my journal.


*A Romance of a Christmas Card is a story by Kate Douglas Wiggin, mentioned here. ISTR it's a free book.

Comments

Your cards are lovely. I don't think I have the patience to make as many as I'd need but I imagine the thrill of each finished card must make it worth all the time spent on them, and the joy of the recipient :) I received a simply beautiful handmade one from a DW friend today. I keep all the handmade cards I receive, they are like a gift. I hand write all my envelopes and it takes me ages as there's quite a lot. You are right about it taking us around the country to weird and wonderful places.
Thank you! Luckily, I like making them, much to my surprise.

The writing does take a long time but it means you're thinking about the people you're writing to.
I always hand write the envelopes too - I love place names
Like all the best people :-)
That's a beautiful card.
Thank you! Consider it a virtual one for you.
That is a stunning card!

I love getting your cards, and I always keep them (I only keep a few every year).
That's nice to know!