Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A very Airmail Christmas
For a couple of years now, I have not posted out Christmas Cards, but have made a donation to a local charity in its place. I think that's a good thing – in a way, but I did fell awfully guilty receiving cards, and not posting any back. I had decided that I was going back to my old tradition and will be sending out Christmas cards again this year!
Having made this decision, I was very touched when I read my sweet friend Rebecca's blog inviting her readers to take part in a Christmas Card exchange. I'm going to let her tell you the reason behind this exchange.
Rebecca has a dedicated and wonderful career in nursing and now I'll let her tell the story:
"When I first met Robin the whole nursing team and I were overcome by how humble she was. She spent most of her days trying to get fit enough for chemotherapy, her husband doted on her and her twins would draw a picture for her everyday after school. However, Robin was growing weaker and it soon became clear that she would never get her chemo and would never reach her favourite time of year...Christmas. Over the last few weeks we had been having a few chats and conversations about a multitude of things. She was really prepared but also aware that making it to Christmas was not a possibility so she wrote letters and said her final goodbyes. However, a couple of days ago we got talking about Christmas and how people lose sense of it's 'true meaning'. I never got around to asking her if she was religious or what she believed in about Christmas. I just knew enough that Christmas was her favourite time of year. But it was one thing she said a couple of days before her passing that really struck me.
Robin said "if I had a Christmas wish now it would be really fun, Rebecca, if everyone in the world could just send anyone a Christmas card". I was really confused and when I mentioned that I do send out Christmas cards she corrected herself. She said "No what I mean is it would be fun to send a Christmas card to someone you have never met. We all send our friends and family cards but not to anyone else. It would be fun to spread good will to other people as well too."
Doesn't she have a point you think?
Robin passed away just how she wanted last week. It was extremely hard on everyone as we all thought the same. She left this world too soon, but the following day her twins and husband came to see us and thank us by giving us a Christmas card. We were all touched beyond belief and now I want to carry Robin's idea on to the rest of you.
If you're willing take part and extend your Christmas spirit onto other people then all you have to do is this.
1) Email your address (it can be your home, work or anywhere else address that you'd like a card posted to you at) to the designated email address: forrobin_christmas(at)hotmail.com. Please be rest assured your addresses will be held confidentially and not shared with anyone else apart from the person who will be sending you the card.
2) We will then email you the address of someone else that you can send a card to this year.
3) Once you have posted your card all you need to do is wait for the card that you will receive from another generous blogger.
We really hope you take part in this Christmas card exchange. I told Robin's husband of the idea this week and his face just lit up, his words were "this would be Christmas music to her ears."
So, in memory of Robin and my dear friend Gordon, who lost his fight to cancer in July, I have decided to take part in this exercise, and challenge you, my blog friends, to join us!