In a season filled with love, hope and peace, one great symbol of the season is quickly falling by the wayside.
It seems like in the last few years, Christmas cards are becoming fewer and farther between.
The old-fashioned holiday cards and letter updates? Replaced by a photo card, and if you're lucky, a line or two scrawled on the back. Or worse, a bulk email with a chintzy clip-art graphic, with a line about how you're so busy but Merry Christmas.
It seems we've forgotten how to connect.
In a world where we're constantly e-mailing or Facebooking updates, I'm hoping for a little more depth. You see, I'd like to let my loved ones know what's going on, in more than 140 characters. And I'd love to hear the same from them.
In a letter, you find those little details in life. And not so little details, like a person beat cancer or finally found their true calling. The details bring far more flavor and realness than a quick "I'm ready for the weekend" posts we tend to scan through on lunch breaks. In a letter, you find life. And new connections with people you thought you knew well. Even on those awful tomes that go on for pages, you've gotten a connection. And it's something that's wasted in a one-sentence update.
So this Christmas season (or heck, even New Year's, or Valentine's Day!), I'm challenging you to get out the pen and paper. Share your life with someone you love. I promise you it won't be a waste of resources. Because building connections - and real relationships - is what life should be about.
Wishing you a very happy holiday season,
Going Green Mama
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