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Christmas Cards and Letters

2011 December 10
by Gordon Reid

I once wrote all 200 of my Christmas cards on the overnight ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki, having shared a bottle of champagne with Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian of Sweden before embarking, and promising to share another with them the next day at the President of Finland’s National Day Ball. (They were flying over).

How’s that for an opening sentence, my much-neglected readership?

This memory was inspired, of course, by my writing, sealing, and mailing this year’s batch, or at least some of them. It is a task I don’t look forward to, but once I get going I love it. Some cards go to close friends I see frequently during the year, but the majority go to friends whom I have not seen for many ¬†years. The only contact we have is my Christmas letter and a card. Of course, that is not enough, but it is better than nothing

This year, for the first time, I am sending the letter (though not the cards) by e-mail. This should reach 90% of my friends, and I will print copies for those whom I suspect of being even more computer illiterate than I am.

I love all the manger scenes, the shepherds, the angels, the Wise Men, etc, and most people feel priests should receive only such cards or they will be offended. But I have plenty of friends who are not Christians or at least don’t feel that every card has to be of Bethlehem (and know how hard it is to offend me!). So I also love the cards with robins, the stagecoaches in the snow, the pictures of the family, and even the ones with gold and silver glitter that sticks to your hands and clothes for days. I even ¬†like the ones of Santa Claus – after all, he’s the only saint Protestants encourage their children to pray to!

I have little idea who you are who read my blog. But I take this opportunity of wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a good New Year. May 2012 be one of the best you have yet experienced.


7 Responses leave one →
  1. Stacey permalink
    December 11, 2011

    I wish a VERY Merry Christmas to you and a Blessed 2012! For someone who is “computer illiterate” you keep a great blog!

    Peace & Joy,
    (who sent her priest a card with a manger scene!)

  2. Mr. J. Anthony Pietrowski permalink
    December 11, 2011

    Happy Christmas & a very Blessed New Year, Canon Reid.

  3. ambly permalink
    December 11, 2011

    Blessings as we prepare for the coming of Our Saviour.

  4. Wynston Cooper permalink
    December 11, 2011

    A blessed Christmas and wonderful 2012 to you to Father, from one of your readers in far-off New Zealand.

  5. Terry Porter permalink
    December 15, 2011

    A happy and holy Christmass to you Father and a safe and prosporous new year from Melbourne, Australia

  6. Precentor permalink
    December 17, 2011

    Yours is the best card to fall into my mail box yet! Pop-up Creche from the Metropolitan Museum NY, fabulous. Best of Christmas wishes and blessings to you and all the folk at St Clement’s.

  7. Elizabeth Manzocchi permalink
    December 18, 2011

    I agree with Precentor, by far the best card I’ve had this year, really lovely thank you. My letter and very humdrum card should eventually trickle through the mail from Italy, but in the meantime love and very best wishes for Christmas and the new year.

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