Signed and sealed

During Christmas, a small little gift goes a long way. Something as small as a card is a nice warm gesture to give to friends during the holiday season. I’d be happy with just receiving a Christmas card. The whole gift giving thing is a little over rated. The business world has commercialized Christmas so much that it seemed like Christmas is all about presents.

Back in my high school days, I wasn’t really into Christmas all that much. Up until then, I never bought any presents or cards for anyone. Christmas to me, was just another day of the week. I didn’t think there was anything special about it. As long as I got to spend time with my family and friends, I was happy. And as long as I was nice and warm inside the house, I was very happy.
One day, I received a few Christmas card from some friends. We were in Math class when they handed them out. I prefer to be the one that’s doing the giving rather than receiving. But at the time, the only thing I could give them was my gratitude. I didn’t have much else to offer other than that.

When I got home that day, I opened up the cards and read them. My friends just wanted to wish me a happy holiday. I felt bad not being able to get them something as small as a card. I made sure from that day on that I would start saving every penny I made to get something small for everyone.

I still have the cards that I’ve received back in high school. They all hold sentimental values which are worth way too much to discard. It brings back fond memories of my childhood when I read over those cards. Even reading the cards that are three years old brings back memories.

I’m not sure if anyone else keeps the cards that they’ve received, whether it’s a Christmas card or a birthday card. I have those cards stored in my old shoe box. I have one shoe box for sentimental things and another shoe box for mail. I keep my mail for at least a year before I throw them away. But the cards from family and friends, I hang on to for as long as I can.

My parents don’t get me cards for Christmas. Instead, they just give me money in an envelope. And yes, I do save those envelopes as well, even if they don’t have anything inside. My boss from my previous job gave me a Christmas card with scratch tickets inside. After scratching the tickets and not winning, I saved those tickets. There’s no harm in saving them. Another friend gave me the same thing for Christmas but a gift pack version. I think I won $3 on that one. I redeemed the winning ticket for another ticket and saved that one.

This year, since I’ve gone all out with the present, I figured I might as well go all out with the cards as well. I’ve sent cards out to family and friends but there’s a chance that I’ve missed some people. With all the running around, I have no idea what I’ve done and what’s left to do. So if you haven’t received anything from me, I don’t want you to feel left out. Allow me to take the time now to wish you a safe and happy holiday and all the best in the New Year!

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