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It's Cold Out There


I'm Better In Here

I took a quick walk

Around the yard and to the mailbox

I couldn't wait to stuff my hand in

I quickly grabbed a handful of Christmas cards

I squeezed them tight

As if someone was going to take them away

One of the old joys that still make my heart skip a beat

Many people have stopped sending out Christmas cards

They have gone more modern

Sending out an e-mail or an e-card to everyone and it costs nothing

That might work for you

This is one time of the year

That I send out cards

I love the thrill

It is a pleasant surprise

To see what cards other people send

Some are store-bought

With some cool sayings

Others are unique with a family picture

Even a few people have left a note

With a few lines and sometimes a little story

Can you imagine

Hand written

I love it so much

For me I don't have to sign my name on a check for a bill that I owe

I love the modern advances in technology

Sometimes I just want to enjoy the simple joys

Ripping open an envelope

Opening the card

It's so exciting

Not knowing what to expect

Now reading the address last

Oh, I forgot about you

You are an old school friend

A neighbor who moved to another state

A relative who lives far away

I remember the back of my front door covered

Cards on the doorway and on a closet door also

Now less and less cards every year

We sent out over a hundred cards last year and got back about half

I must be old school

This is one thing

My wife and I will continue till we die

Then I got thinking if we like it so much

How many other people feel the same way

If anyone would like a Christmas card sent to them ?

The old fashioned way through the U.S. mail

We would gladly send you one

For me it sums up my whole year

We are still healthy, happy and glad to be alive

Madly in love

I don't know when that day will come to an end

We plan on celebrating this great feeling as long as we can

So you can text me a message

This idea popped in my head today

The one Saturday I get to do nothing

Your card might be a little late this year

Better late than ever

To all my writers and visitors

I wish you a wonderful and Merry Christmas

I can't forget a Happy Hanukkah for many more

I beautiful time of the year

To wish everyone a special loving gift

Of a lifetime of health and happiness

May you find the dreams you have always been searching for


DREAM ON (author) on January 10, 2020:

This year was kind of tricky. We bought a cheap brand of plastic tape called Jot not Scotch brand and after a couple of days, the cards fell off the wall and door. A tape that loses it's oomph. Cheaper isn't always better. I had to share the good and funny. Thank you so much for sharing. I take down the Christmas cards and pack them away. I keep them every year. I know most of the people that I had received cards from over the years are gone now. Their signature is still so wonderful to see. It brings back more good times.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 10, 2020:

Optimism is the key! Let's all think positive.

And I love your story about your Mum.


DREAM ON (author) on January 10, 2020:

Ann Carr I think wonderful thoughts that would make wonderful gifts. Think of all the people that hold onto Christmas wrapping paper all year. Waiting to use it next year. I remember a lady that died. They cleaned out her house and with it all good rolls of wrapping paper went too. Year after year she saved the wrapping paper for next Christmas. She bought more paper on the sale for a good price. She even saved the cardboard boxes you would buy to gift away. A bag of used bows that with no sticky back. We could glue them and nobody would know. That wonderful lady was my mother and I helped her every year. I was just as much the cause as the solution. Now with little gifts to wrap. I have given most of my Christmas wrapping paper away too. Thank you for reading and sharing old memories. Only to make new ones too. May this year be ever so beautiful. I have a wonderful feeling about 2020. Let's see if I am right.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 05, 2020:

Wrapping paper is a difficult one. We have some which is backed with plastic which doesn't degrade, so I try to avoid those. Most others are accepted in our recycling bin. I keep some large sheets to re-use, if they are still in good condition, as it's such a shame to put such beautiful stuff straight in the rubbish bin. I do find that I think much more about how I can avoid plastic or put it to a different use. We have to, don't we, or things will grind to a halt and we will be lost! What a terrible thought!

Happy New Year! I hope 2020 is kind to you and yours.


DREAM ON (author) on January 02, 2020:

Ann Carr You have probably been doing this a lot longer than me. So Somehow I believe it to be true that we are on the same page. I love all your ideas and creativity. There are people that think of things and there are people who actually create. I have so many ideas that I sometimes get lost in my thoughts. I plan on doing things and they never get done. I wanted to go one step farther and collect people's old wrapping paper after Christmas and find a way to recycle it into a blended new paper. That idea never got off the ground. I thought such a waste and this long before recycling became an everyday thing. Now people do throw their paper and plastic into recycling. I think my way is still better. Next year you could buy wrapping paper cheaper and a great savings for the consumer. Then maybe after years the idea would catch on and wrapping paper sales would go down and companies would close. Even the thought that I could make companies go out of business makes me cringe. Other people wouldn't care, it's another day at the office or it's business as usual. One good thing can lead to a bad thing. Sometimes I think it is better I didn't develop it. My thinks I think too much. I like to see things through even if it was only in my head. I will add more later off to do a few things. I just wanted to appreciate you while the morning was still young. (lol)

Ann Carr from SW England on January 02, 2020:

I too use different colours and I also re-cycle cards received by crimping the edges and using them as gift tags the following year, trying to match the style and theme to those of the receiver.

Love your thoughts on all of this.


DREAM ON (author) on January 01, 2020:

Umesh Chandra Bhatt So happy to spread well wishes to everyone. It is amazing to find you in India reading and enjoying my hub. Please share more of your favorite holidays with me so I can also celebrate them with you. Thank you so much for commenting. Happy New Year to you and wishing you and your family beautiful blessings.

DREAM ON (author) on January 01, 2020:

Ann Carr We have also done metallic pens changing them per card. Different color ink stamps on the envelope to create a more holiday spirit. We have used store-bought cards in the past. Finding sayings that we thought were different and creative. Receiving lovely wishes makes every day beautiful. Happy New Year and may this year be more wonderful. Thank you so much for reading and sharing.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 30, 2019:

What a lovely hub, full of peace and gentleness! I love sending and receiving Christmas cards - I write them with a special italic pen, often in green ink, and use an italic style. I think it's special to receive something that another has thought carefully about, written personally and added a special message depending on the receiver.

E-cards are perhaps more popular these days but they don't have quite the same feel and certainly not the traditional background.

Christmas for me is nostalgic, friendly and, most of all, to do with family and friends.

A belated Merry Christmas to you and I wish you all the best for the New Year; may it hold health, happiness and prosperity for you and your family.


Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 28, 2019:

Interesting. Thanks.

DREAM ON (author) on December 22, 2019:

Vladimir Karas There are a lot of changes throughout the world. Everywhere you look something different and improved. I can't keep up. Actually I don't even try. It was cheaper to go with a new phone than keep my old one. I needed more memory and the old phone stops working properly. So they give you little choice. Now that I have it I love all the picture capabilities. I use it for my camera more than my phone. Thank you for reading and sharing so many good points. i see the attitudes of many young adults and it was not how I was raised. They are cocky and think they know it all. They will find out the hard way. I had to learn many things to and I still am learning. I make mistakes and try to do better. They don't even want to try. It frustrates me. I will have to save that for another hub another day. I am always pleased to see so many good people who work and try hard to make life a better place for all not just their own little corner of the world. You are probably a lot colder in Canada than me. The weather is in the thirties today. In the sun it feels warm. Have a great afternoon and keep trying to help those who might not have the knowledge you have gained through years of experience. i am very proud to know you. If we keep sharing our insight maybe they can also have the same vision. All we can do is try.

Val Karas from Canada on December 22, 2019:

Dream On -- Times are changing. It may be a "global warming", but something cold comes from separation in the world. Dancers are not holding each other anymore. Kids get (politically) separated from parents and it looks acceptable to so many. National unity falls apart. Kids sit side by side and text each other instead of talking.

And then, yes, "Merry Christmas" turned into "Happy Holiday", good wishing cards being replaced by emails. And even those cards so often just get signed under an impersonal text with no added personalized message.

Well, like with everything else in life, it remains up to our hearts what we make of these festive days. Allowing our love to shine, and maybe just wondering why the world designates loving and generosity to a single day each year. Like Elvis used to sing: "Why Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas".

My warmest Christmas wishes for you and for your dear ones, my friend! And let's both of us dream on. -- Val

DREAM ON (author) on December 21, 2019:

John Hansen I wouldn't mind sending a card and when it gets there it arrives with great wonderful holiday wishes that carry on all through next year. Friends like you aren't easy to find. If you want to send one too that would be amazing. You have till Dec 25th of 2020 to send it. I would be the only person that I know that got a Christmas wish from Australia. Now that's incredible. Either way, I am so happy to hear from you anyway at any time. Thank you for reading and sharing. Blessing to you and your whole family.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 21, 2019:

Hi DreamOn, I agree it used to be wonderful checking the mail at Christmas and getting card after card (sometimes from unexpected sources)..much more mail than any other time of year. We haven’t even received one this year and I find that sad. Of course the price of postage here has gone up in recent years and it is often free and faster to wish people Merry Xmas online so I suppose it is understandable and we just have to accept it.

I would have gladly exchanged cards with you this year but unfortunately it is too late now....so Merry Christmas to you and your wife and cat Charlotte.

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