Christmas isn’t about getting gifts, it’s about giving them. Sometimes the gifts can be material, but often the best gifts are intangible ones — in the form of expressions of good will, or sharing a happy memory, or spending time together while holiday music plays in the background.
This sweet and simple story about a Christmas card that was sent back and forth between friends for 60 years, and now is treasured by the survivor, speaks to what Christmas really is all about. We can only imagine the pleasure and good humor that the two friends felt when the holiday season approached and they looked forward to their annual card exchange. The unremarkable and corny Christmas card produced enormous happiness and lasting memories for those two friends.
I hope every one of our Webner House readers is enjoying similarly wonderful Christmas experiences.
You known you’ve really made it as a significant poet when some of your verse makes it onto a greeting card.
The reason for this is simple: there is no better testament to your powers as a wordsmith than knowing that other people, after careful consideration, have concluded that your thoughtful expressions best capture the sentiment they want to convey.
So you can imagine my delight when Webner House reader Angie disclosed today that she has borrowed some of our Webner House doggerel for her family’s holiday card this year. OK, so the Webner House verse that was used was an ode to a furry Mad Bomber hat, rather than some deeply meaningful thoughts about the holidays, and it was a self-published card, and Angie tweaked it a bit — but so what? It is still pretty cool. You can see Angie’s card with the modified verse here. Angie, you made my day!
Next stop, Hallmark!
Every year I choose from among the firm’s holiday cards and then individually write, address, and mail the cards to clients. I send the cards as a personal expression of appreciation and good will, with a handwritten note and signature. I occasionally get Christmas cards where the “sender’s” name is embossed on the card and there is no sign that the card has even been seen, much less touched, by a human being. What is the point of such cards? If you can’t take a few moments to write a message expressing your thanks or extending your good wishes for the holiday season and the coming year, what is the point of sending a card in the first place?
This year the firm is strongly encouraging all attorneys to send electronic cards, because they are “greener.” I want to support the firm’s efforts to be environmentally sensitive, so for the first time I will be sending out electronic cards this year. I have to admit, though, that I am having some doubts. Although you apparently can type a personal message with your card, I am not sure it conveys the same degree of holiday cheer as a paper card. Greetings that you can send out with a few keystrokes and a tap of the “send” button don’t seem as meaningful as holiday wishes that are handwritten, hand-addressed, licked, stamped, and put in the mailbox. Will the people who get the electronic cards feel like they have gotten short shrift?
Readers: What do you think?