A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another and see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light.

— Moshe Davis

Excellent question. Why in a time where we can keep up with our friends on the other side of the world with social media. Aunt Jennie in England knows everything about your family. She just saw the family photos you posted online from your recent session. She has watched Little Timmy grow up over the past year. Oh and you're so busy. Super busy. The holidays are coming. The last thing you are thinking about is holiday cards. Everyone sees all the great things you have done this season and your photographer has probably already blogged your session so Aunt Jennie has seen your family photos already. Wait - shouldn't I be convincing you to buy holiday cards? Yes.

There is something heart warming about receiving holiday cards. Every day after December 1st I hurry out to the mailbox to check for holiday cards. Usually I avoid the mail like the plague. When I walk through the door the girls are asking if we got any and from who. With excitement we stand at the front door. We open and read them then clip them to our bannister to enjoy all season. I may have watched my Aunt Jennie in England take great vacations and adventures with her own family all year but there is something special knowing that Aunt Jennie took the time to create this beautiful card and share it with us.

Holiday cards are not really for us although I'm usually proud and excited about my own. They are for those we love and share our life with. They are the candle we share. They are tiny gifts printed on 5x7 cardstock that are a way of saying "I love you" or "We miss you." They are reminders all season of the love that surrounds us near and far. Let us share our light with others.

So this year I hope you will send holiday cards. Start planning today. I always set a goal of sending them on December 1st. I have a girlfriend who sends them the day before Thanksgiving so when everyone returns from their Thanksgiving travels they are waiting for them announcing the arrival of Christmas.

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