Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friendship Cards

This year, instead of Xmas cards, Ross & I decided to send out Cards of Friendship to our closest friends.  2009 has been a year filled with challenges for us, including (but not limited to) severe illness, loss of jobs, being forced to move, mental illness, death of a family member, death of several friends, to name but a few...

The many and varied events of the year have made us both take a good long hard look at our lives, our friendships, and the things that are important to us.  What has come through all of this is that our lives were too complicated, and we need to step back and make things easier on ourselves.

While I love Christmas, I hate how commercial it has become.  Christmas cards are a waste.  They are expensive and they tend to end up in the bin by January 1.  You feel obliged to send them to everyone you have ever known, even if the last contact you had with some of these people was last years Xmas card.  Australia Post makes a fortune on your postage requirements, and the card companies are rubbing their hands together with glee and the money rolling in...  I did not want to be a part of that.

However I did want to take the time to thank those people who have been there for us and stood by us through everything that has happened.  So we decided to send out Friendship Cards.  I have been making my own cards for a while using my photos, so this morning I made up a whole pile of them and I will send them out this week.  I am hoping they won't end up in the bin...  :o)

I hope that this little gesture from us to our friends will show them that we are grateful to thave them in our lives, and will bring a smile to their faces.



Linda50 said...

That's lovely, Kylie - hope they don't end up in the bin either.

I made some of mine this year (using Photoshop CS2), bought a couple and sent the one I made out via email to some others.

Emz said...

That's such a great idea, Kylie! I think people will really appreciate the thought gone into it and it will stay up on the fridge all year round!