The value of Christmas cards
It's that time again to retrieve the addresses of kin and friends near and far, and buy more cheap cards that don't make out the season to be stupid and silly. It seems bothersome to do it, but when you receive messages of kindness from friends gathered over the years it is a good institution.
Often sad too. Yesterday we received a card from a close - though distant in kilometres - friend to tell us her husband had died four weeks ago. This really gave a crunch to our spirits. Fortunately we hadn't sent out our cards last week.
These days we don't send so many cards - an email circular letter suffices - it's really a catch-up letter on what happened during the past twelve months, and it's so good to receive similar emails from distant places.