Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Cards

The radio said the temperature was 19 degrees this morning. Only today there was no wind at all and it felt much warmer.  A very quiet uneventful walk around the lake.  Just a hand few of people were out.  A few cardinals were around looking pretty against the brown trees.  They look so pretty year round with the red against the white of snow or green of summer.
The lake has a thin coating of ice on it now.

I walked 6.5 miles
Sunrise 7:15
Sunset 4:44
Today I made Christmas cards for my two kids and four grandchildren. A time consuming project but a fun thing to do. I also wrapped presents and I'm just about done with it all.  Just have a couple more to wrap.  We don't buy a lot of stuff so I am really not stressed at Christmas time. 

A lot of people I know don't send Christmas cards out anymore and I'm joining that group of people this year. It's not a fun thing to do anymore because there are just too many to write out.  I like to write a little something in each card and it takes forever.  Some people just send you a card because you sent them one. Then sending cards just becomes an obligation and I just don't want to do to that anymore.  What I am going to do though, is throughout the year, make a thinking of you card and write a letter to each person who would have been on my card list that I only hear from at Christmas. They will surprised to get a card and letter from me sometime during the year.

Didn't really do much of anything else today.  Just the regular house chores that had to be done.

I'm off now to make a recipe of Bean Soup that I haven't made in years.  I found it among my recipes while making up my shopping list yesterday.  It's a cold day out and just perfect for an evening of some nice hot soup. 

I hope this Thursday you found bits of happiness scattered through the day.
A smile from me to you.
Happyone :-)
I will honor Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
~Charles Dickens


  1. Hooray for you! Dropping Christmas cards!

    I did this, years ago, because I never enjoyed doing them, and it was a drag. :-( I finally thought; "Why do I put myself through this stress, every Christmas?"

    I spent the first Christmas Season, telling people that I was no longer going to send out Christmas cards.

    You can just tell them, in that little during-the-year note, that you've *sworn off* writing Christmas cards. :-)))))))

    It is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bet you'll say so too!

  2. I swore off writing Christmas cards a few years ago and then got back into it when I married John. It's certainly fun to receive them, but a bit more challenging to write them. I've not yet decided about this year...we've written so many notes already...pretty soon the time issue will decide it I suppose.

  3. Your idea to write a surprise letter to people sounds like a good plan. I do like to hear from friends and family who I rarely see anymore. However, when I receive a card with just the persons name on it I tend to think "why bother."

    It does sound like the perfect weather for soup. It's still cold here too.

  4. I actually love getting cards...not so much sending them..but I do
    It is one of those things that I feel is part of tradition
    and lord knows they, the invisible they,
    have just about wiped Christmas out of the public conscienceness
    so cards it is...for a while anyway

  5. You are so right Karen. Sometimes these things just become an obligation... and your idea is just the right thing to keep the spirit alive... i loved that quote... have a great weekend. :-)

  6. Your idea is a good one and I'm sure people will appreciate hearing from you throughout the year.

    I still send out cards -- I've always loved doing it...

  7. I'm catching up with you after travelog for a few days. I haven't sent Christmas cards in years, though I often write spontaneously to people I think about. Those letters seem less like an obligation and more like a connection, I think.


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