Give Your Holiday Cards A Chance!

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I’m not a sentimental person. In fact, my co-workers would be more likely to describe me as a cynic by nature; always playing “devil’s advocate”. Holiday cards meant little to me, especially the ones from my employer. I always thought they were just an attempt to get everyone to work harder.

I changed my mind last Christmas.

It was a snowy morning, and it had been snowing much of the night. I was just getting around to opening the mail from the previous day, and had one envelope in my hand as I looked out my back window at the falling snow. The landscape was bleak. An ominous sky, deep snow, icy bare trees. A scrawny evergreen provided the only sign of life. I opened the envelope in my hand and it was this year’s corporate Christmas card. Without thinking I took minute to look at it. On glossy white paper was a photo of a brilliant red Cardinal on an evergreen branch. It was in an embossed “window-like” frame, with sparkling snow falling and a simple “Season’s Greetings”. A classic and timeless scene: the beauty of nature braving the harshness of winter.

Then, I had to smile. When I looked out the window again, there was a hardy Northern Cardinal in the evergreen, brightening up the yard…and my day. The card in my hand had come to life! I’ve been singing a different tune ever since. Maybe I am just a little bit sentimental after all…  Live and learn!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet W October 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

It is always amazing when you get the nature scenes at Christmas time. I can’t wait to see what my employer will give us this year!

Wanda December 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

It seems like people are sending less holiday cards each year, so even more than ever I cherish the ones I receive. They look so nice hanging up. The nature scenes really brighten my mood on a gloomy day. Thanks for sharing!

joker September 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Really??? Seems a bit staged to me… Anywho, I do enjoy getting cards, but i prefer nice shiny ones without the nature scenes, I can look at the window for those!

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