The power of a homemade card or personal letter- Ways to savor the season 4/16

JMJ  *Don’t underestimate the power of a homemade card.  Many people live alone, maybe they lost a spouse, and it can become especially lonely around the holidays.  Deployed military are another lonely group.  In my case, my brother in prison appreciates the letters tremendously, and says so, in every letter he writes back to me.

Every day for 16 days, you will find little things which are inexpensive, involve little to no preparation, for family and close friends to enjoy together.  Although a few ideas might be added to your Christmas bucket list, these are mostly traditional ideas that have a timeless quality to them.

Day 4/16- Ways to savor the season

In this digital age, with all of its conveniences, it is sad that the personal note gets left out many times.  I have rediscovered the joy of writing a personal letter, in a surprising sort of way.  My brother is spending a year or so in prison for a nonviolent crime that he is very remorseful of, and that is how we correspond.  We had not spoken in years, when my mother suggested I write to him in prison.  A relationship that I thought was lost, has now been rekindled to my great joy.  And it makes bring me happiness to think that I am relieving his loneliness in prison, if but a little.

manger by Melissa (1 of 1)

In the spirit of the Christmas season, I think it is a great time to send relatives and close friends some special note or card.  The kids can get involved also.  Let them draw a picture for grandma or grandpa or that special relative.  If you fold a piece of cardstock in half and let them draw on one side, what a sweet greeting card that would make.  If they are too young to write, take their dictation and write it on the card.  If you wish, decorate with snippets of old greeting cards or Christmas wrap.  A variation of a sketch could be a fingerprint drawing like the one pictured below.

Fingerprint drawing inspired by Ed Emberly’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book below (using colorful nontoxic stamp pads and ink pen)

If it is your tradition like mine to send out a number of greeting cards (I love to string the incoming cards up on my walls), pick a few to spend a little extra time on with your kids.

Don’t underestimate the power of a homemade card.  Many people live alone, maybe they lost a spouse, and it can become especially lonely around the holidays.  Deployed military are another lonely group.  In my case, my brother in prison, appreciates the letters tremendously and says so in every letter he writes back to me.

How about having your kids draw some pictures today for grandma, grandpa or some other relative, along with a short note of their love for them.  If your kids are too young to write, take down their dictation.  If you want to make it into a card, use folded cardstock.  Decorated with snippets of old Christmas cards or holiday wrap.  Even if they live close by, send them through the mail anyway.  It is always a welcome sight to receive personal mail mixed in with those dreaded bills and junk mail.

On the homefront…Ring the School Bell 65/180 Days

For home economics today, we transported everything from the garage freezer to the kitchen freezer, and made a few discoveries.  For one, we found blueberries in the freezer from last June which we had hand-picked in rural Moorpark.  We transformed them into yummy blueberry bread. I toasted a slice, spread a little butter on it, indulging in a little blueberry heaven.  Blueberry pancakes were next on the menu, and still left us with about 10 cups of blueberries!

We also harvested a pumpkin from Melissa’s garden and will be baking a pumpkin pie soon, by combining it with the newly-found freezer pumpkin puree.  And there was more!  A huge bag of figs surprised us in the back of our freezer, from the August harvest in our backyard.  What fun!  Sarah has been shadowing me around the house lately, excitedly showing me new recipes she found on-line.  I think it’s time to put her baking enthusiasm to use!

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

Start here to get the story from the very beginning:

Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette


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