I love Christmas cards!! I love making them! I love sending them! I love receiving them!
I don’t care that I have seen one hundred pictures of your children on Facebook. I still love seeing that special picture you choose to send out to spread holiday cheer. My kids love sorting through the cards and asking questions about the friends on them. One of the first times Jenny and I connected about crafting was over the the color of thread that I used to stitch that years photo to the card.
I do care about the environment. Is mailing out actually paper and plastic cards really bad? Yes because so many thousands of people do it. So how do I balance my love of holding an actually Christmas card in my hands and saving the world?
I find I ask questions like this a lot. Is is OK to use disposable straws? Can I balance that with diapering my kids with cloth diapers? Why do my kids only eat yogurt out of the squeezer sleeves? Peas from the back yard are very nice. Is the amount of gas consumed by my mini van that much better than a Suburban? Does using fabric napkins make a difference?
While I sit and make our Christmas cards this year I will try to think about the time I met a neighbor this summer. While I was describing where we lived, he interrupted and said “Oh your the house with the laundry on the line”. Yes we are!
Like much of life, saving the world is a balancing act.